The Government of Ghana has as part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in schools supplied coronavirus safety kits to all Senior high schools in the Volta and Oti regions.
Madam Enyonam Afi Amafuga, the Volta Regional Director of Education disclosed this in an exclusive interview with the Ghanaian Times monitored by Georgeweb.org on Saturday when the items were delivered.
Madam Enyonam who is also in charge of the Oti Region said the logistics were first presented to the Municipal and District Chief Executives, for onward delivery to the Zonal Directors of Education.
She added that from that stage the District Directors of Education would distribute the items for the various Senior High Schools in the region.
The Education Director giving the breakdown of the supplies said they include 1,350 Veronica buckets; 566 infrared thermometers; 2,700 gallons of liquid soap; 2,700 boxes of tissue paper; 53,379 sanitizers and 150,137 face masks for the Volta Region.
For the Oti region, she said 360 Veronica buckets; 164 infrared thermometers, 720 gallons of liquid soap; 720 packs of tissue paper, 12,211 sanitizers, and 36,636 masks are to be distributed.
Collectively, about 50,000 form 3 and form 2 Gold track Senior high school students are expected to report to school in the Oti and Volta regions Monday, June 22, 2020.
She estimated that 37,675 final year students ready to write the 2020 WASSCE for school candidates are expected to return back to school after the long week school closure since March 16 this year.
Madam Amafuga indicated that the items would be shared equally among the students and staff on Monday, June 22, adding that academic work would start smoothly on Tuesday.
According to her, a task force had been set up to monitor activities in the various schools to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols outlined by the Ministry of Education.
She further disclosed that the government is set to supply Senior high schools (SHS) ‘special’ cellular phones for use by students.
She explained that this is to replace the old phone booths and also to prevent the students from contracting the virus as part of measures to curb the disease.