The Executive Director of the Institute of Education (IFEST) Studies, Peter Partey Anti, has suggested for the Government of Ghana to restrategized the academic calendar of the country amid the outbreak of coronavirus and its impact on the educational sector.
President Akufo-Addo following cases of the virus on March 12 directed for the closure of all schools in the country as part of precautionary measures to slow and curb the global coronavirus pandemic.
The unexpected school closure amid the virus has disrupted the 2019/2020 academic calendar leaving students home for about 5 months as a temporal school break.
The President however in one of his televised nation’s addresses announced for final year students to resume school, continue academic activities and sit for their final examinations respectively.
The Executive Director speaking on TV3’s COVID-19 360 show, Wednesday, August 12 monitored by Georgeweb.org raised a concern that if the situation is not properly managed, it is likely to distort the next academic calendar.
“If the academic calendar is not strategized in September, we are going to have lots of students who are to move to the next level and who cannot do that,” he said.
He added ‘’we should sit and learn from the lessons of partially re-opening of schools and strategize and move forward and progress smoothly ‘’.
Mr Anti further explained that management of Ghana’s education will need to provide a well-thought-through plan on the possible re-opening of schools.
He said, “It is practically difficult and if the school is going to be reopened wholesale there is the need for them to know specifically the type of re-opening ‘’.