A poll conducted by Teacher Tapp, a daily survey of Ghanaian teachers reveals that 46% of teachers want schools to be closed again, while slightly more teachers (49%) want schools to remain open despite coronavirus.
President Akufo-Addo in one of his televised nation’s addresses announced for schools to be reopened to final year and form 2 Gold track student to continue with academic activites and complete the 2019/2020 academic year.
There have been a small number of detected cases of COVID-19 in some schools two week after the reopening of schools, it was reported that 6 students of the Accra Girls Senior High School tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Ghana Education Service in a statement also confirmed that a teacher and his spouse in the school have tested positive for the virus.
A final year student in KNUST SHS passed away yesterday over fears that he has COVID-19 after he reported to the school management he was ill.
Following the fast spreading of the global pandemic, the Nigeria Minister for Education has announced that it is reversing its school reopening plans and will be suspending the WASSCE examinations it rescheduled to this August.
Against the background of these incidents, many within Ghana have been calling for schools to close down in order to protect staff and students.
But 49% of Ghanaian teachers who joined the poll said the government should not close down schools however 46% strongly believes that schools should be closed.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said the government will not because of the few cases recorded in some schools to close down schools.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh insisted that it will be a sin for him to ask that schools close down in the country.
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