Some ever ready Senior High School final year students in the Bono region have said they will write the postponed 2020 WASSCE for school candidates whether rain or shine, adding that the government should as a matter of urgency re-open schools.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has currently suspended the conduct of this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus.
However the Examination Council said a new date to conduct the postponed examination will be communicated to the general public and stakeholders when the situation is restored to normalcy.
The students revealed this speaking to a sister website (Ghanaweb) on the alleged plans by the government to soon re-open schools throughout the country.
According to the final year Senior High School students it has come to a time for the government to consider re-opening of schools for academic activities to continue.
The Bono Students sharing their thought on the issue disclosed that their continuous stay at home will not acclimate to their benefits as students, stressing that if even rain or shine they will obviously write their final examination.
Joy Hollande, a final year students from one of the most popular Senior High schools in the Bono region told said: “even though the novel virus is at its peak in the country, but many government institutions are opened and going about with their daily activities with prescribed COVID-19 preventive protocols and so educational can follow the same steps”.
In the view of Joy schools can be opened to at least only the final year students with proper steps put in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus among students.
Another female student, Jessica Konadu of the same thought called for the reopening of schools adding that they are addicted to the traditional way of teaching and learning.
According to Jessica, the government’s measures to keep students connected to their books through online learning is not the best solution and so the government should as a matter of urgency consider the re-opening of schools as their stay in the house will negatively affect the academic performance of many students.
“It seems like the COVID-19 pandemic will not be ending any time soon so government should make arrangements for the reopening of schools. There are different platforms where teaching takes place but we are used to the traditional system of teaching and learning where we feel the presence of our teachers. I think we have stayed in the house for a longer period of time so schools should be re-opened with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols in the various educational institutions”. he said
The four recognized teacher unions, stakeholders, and students have kicked against the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) proposal for the immediate reopening of schools in the country.
According to the unions – GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and CCT measures regarding a possible reopening of Basic and Senior High Schools are not only disastrous but a misplaced priority.
All schools have been shut down since March 16 after President Akufo-Addo in his first televised nations address directed for the closure of schools throughout the country when the nation first recorded COVID-19 case on March 12.
The closure of schools according to the President is a precautionary measure to curb the disease which has at least claimed the lives of 31 loved ones.