The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, has proclaimed that the Service has enough space and teachers for academic work following the June 15 schools reopening for final year students in the country.
According to the Director-General, there is enough infrastructure as well as teaching staff to monitor the adherence of physical/social distancing in schools should prospective students report on June 15, 2020.
Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa emphasized that many have questioned Akufo-Addo’s directive on the reopening of schools and guidelines outlined by the Education Minister, arguing that it seems people think are
The Director said in the view of people they think there are inadequacy of teachers, classroom and dormitory space to accommodate the large number of students who are expected to return to school for their final examinations
Among the Minister for Education directives is that class size for final year SHS students should be a minimum of 25 students and not more than at least 30 students in the case of Junior High Schools.
Also, all day students in boarding schools will now be accommodated into the boarding house.
According to Prof. Opoku Amankwa, the situation can be easily controlled much more than the impossibility being expected.
“For our classes in secondary schools, it is about 50 to 60 students per class. So we are looking at half of that class. It shouldn’t go beyond 30 because we want to ensure that we have the minimum spacing in the classroom and dormitory. Now, they have all the dorms at their disposal. Now that we don’t have all the streams in there, it means we have enough space. As far as teachers are concerned, I think we have enough teachers to be doing this. We have teachers on the double track and those teaching form ones and twos who can always help to ensure that teaching and learning go on”, he told Bernard Avle on the Point of View on Citi TV.
He disclosed that consultations are going to be held among stakeholders on the agreed measures to be adopted in dealing with challenges that may show up as a result of the new provisions.
“I am surprised at this because on average, we do 70-30 percent boarding and day for all our schools. So I will be very surprised that there will be a school without enough boarding facilities. When we meet the CHASS on Monday, we have requested that they bring the details of the number of teachers, students, classes, and dormitories that they have -they are bringing all those details so that we work them out to see the permutations. Once we see the permutations and there are challenges with the numbers, we will think around it”, he assured.