The Deputy Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum says the nationwide reopening of schools by the Ghana Education Service will solely depend on the health status of the country in this coronavirus era.
President Akufo-Addo in his first televised nation’s address on March 15 directed for the closure of all schools across the country as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of the novel disease when the country recorded its first case on March 12, 2020.
The Education Minister in an interview with Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise Show on 3FM stated that the decision apart from the assessment and engagement by the GES, will also solely depend on the health issue.
Regarding the possible reopening of schools, the Deputy Education Minister said the Ghana Education Service is at present time in tête-à-tête with its relevant stakeholders on likely reopening of schools.
He stated that the decision apart from the assessment and engagement by the Education Service will also largely depend on health considerations.
“The GES has started consultations, they will be meeting with teacher unions and other groups to seek their inputs.
“I don’t think anyone is going to reopen schools where there are no veronica buckets, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, nose mask, and no running water so we are gathering opinions and concern.” he acclaimed
He added, “GES is not blindfolded by the reality of the situation and of course they cannot just jump into conclusion to reopen schools without a thorough analysis at the highest level of government.”