Private schools in the country are suggesting that government should partially announce for a nationwide reopening of schools in mid-June 2020
The Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) and the Conference of Heads of Private Secondary Schools (CHOPSS) in a proposal to the Ghana Education Service are joint of the view that safety measures have to be put in place to at least allow JHS and SHS final year students to resume school in preparation of their postponed examination.
However many public teacher unions have registered disagreement with the early reopening of schools due to inadequate infrastructure in the public sector which, they say, will make compliance to COVID-19 preventive protocols difficult.
Also, the Council for the National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (NCPTAs) has said that it will be “premature to reopen schools”.
But the private schools on the other hand think otherwise.
The public relations officer of (CHOPSS), Naphtali Kyei-Baffour, in an interview with Class 91.3FM’s Blessed Sogah and monitored by websaet.com said: “Why not we start for the final year students?”, explaining: “What we mean simply is that, at least, it’s a defined number, they are not many. … So, we can control, we can simply manage the situation”.
Naphtali Kyei-Baffour added that “If possible, even before the reopening … let us test all these final-year students including teachers”.
According to the Conference of Heads of Private Secondary Schools (CHOPPS) it has given a timeline of mid-June to the government to consider.
In addition, the General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS), Justice King Essiel, said: “If there is something we must do, let us do it right now. …So, let us take measures and begin to see how we can allow schools to resume give priority to our education”.