COVID-19 :Introduce Shift System and employ more teachers amidst possible reopening of Schools – Educationist

An Educationist and professional teacher with the Ghana Education Service (GES)  Nana Yaa Frantomapa  

has called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to consider introducing a shift system at the Pre-tertiary Education level and also employing more teachers to be able to take up the task amidst a possible reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read her statement below:

Deadly COVID-19 has shaken the world for the past fours months which Ghana was not spared. In the process of fighting this pandemic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa gave some directives which included the closure of all schools on 16th March 2020 and schools have remained closed till date.


There is now a consultation ongoing as to how the school environment can be made safe for students to go back to school to continue their academic works without contracting the deadly virus.


Here are 7 suggestions to be considered before considering the re-opening of Basic schools.

1. WE NEED TO GO BACK TO THE SHIFT SYSTEM. Classes must be resized to at most 30 students in a class. This is to enable teachers and students to practice social distancing because most schools especially public schools have between 60-120 students in a class.


2. More teachers need to be employed to meet the shift system mentioned above.


3. Adequate PPEs must be provided to teachers and students to enable them to protect themselves from contracting the virus in order not to make schools a hotspot area.


4. Projectors should be made available to all schools to reduce talking and ensure better and easy understanding of lessons. ( Favourable alternatives should be considered for schools in areas without electricity).


5. Hand washing must be intensified in schools. Even though most schools are already practising handwashing, we MUST ensure there is enough veronica buckets, other hand washing items and alcohol-based sanitizer in every school.


6. There should be no social gathering like morning assembly and worship in the school. If it would be practised, it must be done at the class level.


7. There should be no external break and games like football, netball etc which would bring the children together. In all, only final year students should be allowed to resume first as a pilot to see how feasible the blueprints would be.


 


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