The Minister of Education Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh says it will be difficult for the government to pay teachers their monthly arrears while they stay at home amid the novel coronavirus.
The Education Minister in an interview with Accra-based Peace FM monitored by Georgeweb.org said “if all workers in the country stop work amid the virus, the country will be in a bad condition, consequently teachers should ensure compliance with the safety protocols and continue with academic activities of which they are paid for”.
NAPO said following the 8 confirmed cases at the Accra Girls Senior High School and some other suspected cases various concern stakeholders and groups including the Minority in Parliament has petitioned the government close down reopened schools across the country.
The Minister for Education and Member of Parliament, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh insisted that it will be a sin for him to ask that schools close down in the country.
He furthered that, apart from students continuing the academic work, their stay in school currently will protect them from rape and other social vices in the community.
Speaking in the interview with Kwame Sefa Kayi he said; “Kwame we reopened the schools to protect the students. Do you know what may happen to some of them when they are home? They could be opened up to rape predators and other vices”.
According to him, some students cannot even feed themselves so keeping them in schools is better, adding that the schools are the best place to isolate.
“The country hasn’t recorded an extreme number of cases that calls for the closure of schools and even shutting down of schools will only be on the advice of the Ghana Health Service and Ministry of Health, but since no such advice has been given there is the need for the students to stay in schools to prepare and sit for their exams” he noted.
He continued that the Government of Ghana is doing well in the payment of teachers’ salaries despite the fight against the novel coronavirus, adding that teachers cannot be paid while they stay at home so there is the need for them to work for the monies being paid to them.