The four teacher unions in Ghana have said that any plan of re-opening schools in the country should begin with only final year junior and senior high school students.
That, they said were because those were candidates preparing for their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and were currently going through emotional trauma since they were not sure of what was going to happen to them because of the closure of schools due to the COVID-19.
The unions comprised the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Coalition of Concerned Teachers -Ghana (CCT) and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU).
“Because of the social distancing and other protocols and the congestions in the various schools we are saying that even if the government lifts the ban on restrictions, we would want to start with the candidates.
This means that only form three students in JHS and SHS would go to school and in doing that too we are saying no classroom should have more than 20 students,” they said in their 19-point proposals presented to the president last Wednesday.
The President of the GNAT, Ms Philippa Larsen made this known in an interaction with journalists on the sidelines of the association’s launch of the impact assessment of COVID-19 on education in Accra Thursday, reports Graphic Online’s Emmanuel Bonney.
According to her, the unions had called for the disinfection of all schools, whether public or private, basic or second cycle, to keep the school environment safe for children and teaching and non-teaching staff.