COVID-19: Govt set to supply SHSs with ‘special’ cellular phones

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The Government of Ghana (GoG) is reportedly set to supply all Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country with a ‘special’ cellular phones for use by students as part of measures to stem the virus and limit contacts in schools.

Madam Enyonam Afi Amafuga, the Volta Regional Director of Education disclosed this in an exclusive interview with the Ghanaian Times and monitored by Georgeweb.org on Saturday.

According to her, the move forms part of safety measures to curb and prevent the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus which has as of the time writing this post claimed 85 lives.

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She added that the ‘special’ cellular phones are for use by students, particularly the final year, and form 2 Gold track students who resumed school today under the permission of President Akufo-Addo.

Meanwhile, the National Council of Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) has on behalf of parents petitioned the government to authorize final year students to use feature phones in other for them to stay in touch with their parents and update them on their welfare should the need be.

The President of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Alexander Danso argued that with the Minister for Education’s directive that when schools reopen on June 15 parents cannot visit their wards, such an alternative means of communication must be at least considered.

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Following the call from the National Council of Parent-Teacher Association for the government to consider the usage of phones by final year students, the Deputy Minister for Education, Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum said the Ghana Education (GES) was considering the possibility of Senior high students using mobile phones in school.

The Deputy Minister for Education when asked whether the Ministry of Education will take note of this request, Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum replied the host: “I know the GES was discussing on something like that but I don’t know how far they have reached finalizing the decision but definitely I will draw attention to it, that this is something of the people’s interest”.

According to the Volta Regional Director of Education, the request by the National Council of Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) has been considered consequently the provision of ‘special’ cellular phones to all Senior High Schools in the country.

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As part of measures the Ghana Education Service (GES) has also announced that all all Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) have been sent to various Senior High schools across the country to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to the Education Service, face masks, veronica buckets, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, tissues, COVID-19 testing Thermometer guns have been distributed to SHS schools.

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The Service entreats all students to adhere to the safety protocols outlined by the Education Ministry as the government provides all the necessary PPEs to them.

Source: Georgeweb.org

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