The disinfecting of basic schools that form part of measures to ensure a safe school reopening on June 29 would help get rid of fears in learners, teachers, and non-teaching staff as the country partially reopens schools amidst coronavirus pandemic, Katribi Dramani has observed.
Katribi Dramani, the Deputy Director, Supervision of Education, in the West-Gonja District in the Savannah Region noted this during the disinfection of Yipala Junior High School (JHS) in the West-Gonja District.
In his view, the ongoing disinfection exercise in his region would motivate both the 2020 BECE candidates and teachers to report to school on June 29 to complete academic works and proceed to sit for the forthcoming BECE for private candidates.
In this regard, he commended Zoomlion Ghana Limited for collaborating with the Government of Ghana to have all basic schools in the country disinfected.
According to the Deputy Director, the majority of the teachers and students became even more excited when news reached them indicated that the waste management giant, Zoomlion was coming to disinfect basic schools in the region.
He indicated that the waste management giant commences exercise on June 18, adding that they have so far been able to disinfect about 74 basic schools out of 112 in the district.
He also said that the ministry of education was putting measures in place to help protect the final year JHS students against the novel coronavirus.
He consequently advised the BECE candidates to adhere strictly to President Akufo-Addo’s directive and observe the COVID-19 preventive protocols.
According to Mr. Dramani, the e-learning programme adopted by many of the schools in the region did not help the students.
He attributed this to the fact that many of the pupils and their parents did not have the necessary tools to support e-learning.
He subsequently advised the learners to fully cooperate with their teachers throughout the six weeks period they will be studying to sit for their final examination.
Meanwhile, heads of basic schools in the region expressed joy and gratitude for the disinfection exercise in their schools.
According to them, the exercise was critical because it would not only keep their schools’ spaces and facilities safe, but equally protect their final-year JHS pupils to prepare and write their exit examinations, safe from the virus.