Following Monday, June 22 and June 29 school reopening for 2020 BECE and WASSCE candidates, Headmasters and Headmistress of Senior and Junior high schools in Greater Kumasi have assured to support the Government of Ghana in enforcing the coronavirus safety protocols in various schools.
The move is to protect students, teachers, and non-teaching staff during their week-long stay in school for final year students to complete the 2019/2020 academic year and sit for their forthcoming examinations.
As directed by President Akufo-Addo in his 10th and 11th televised nation’s address form 3 SHS students and form two Gold Track students are expected to resume school on Monday, June 22, while final-year JHS pupils are expected to resume on June 29.
The waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited in collaboration with the Ministry of Education as part of measures to protect students from contracting the novel virus started a fumigated and disinfected exercise on Tuesday, June 16.
Among the schools which benefited from the exercise were the Adventist Senior High School, Our Lady of Apostles School, Asem Cluster of Schools, Atonsu Bethel Presby Experimental School among others.
The Headmaster of Atonsu Bethel Presby Experimental School, Rev James Dapaah speaking to the media said his school was putting measures in place ahead of the reopening.
According to Rev James Dapaah, his school has 129 final year pupils, adding that in observing the social distancing protocol, the pupils would be divided into groups and would be accommodated in Form 1 and 2 classrooms.
He indicated that management has arranged to put the pupils in groups of 25 to ensure that the social/physical distancing protocol was observed to protect them against the disease.
Samuel Asare Kwarteng, the Headmaster of Asem Cluster of schools in the Asokwa Municipal Assembly of Kumasi disclosed that his school was waiting for the support of the government to make available the needed personal protection equipment.
The Administrator of Our Our Lady of Apostles, Madam Anne Andoh, hinted that her school as part of measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 had engaged the services of a nurse who would be tasked to take temperatures of very students and staff members.
She added that the recommended 28 pupils in each class has been reduced to 14 to tamp down the spread of the virus.