- The Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh has made some salient points with regards to keeping education running even as COVID-19 caused schools to remain shut
- The sector minister called on parents to take up the role of teachers in the lives of their kids
- He stated that teachers cannot be put in every home, however, there are teachers in every home in the form of parents
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The Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh has made some salient points with regards to education following the closure of all institutions of learning due to COVID-19.
According to him, despite the massive intervention of technology in keeping education running, there is no way education can be achieved without the teachers' presence.
In view of this, the minister has called on parents to take up the role the teachers used to play in the lives of their kids, and educate them.
Speaking in an interview with TV3's Portia Gabor, on government's plans for the education sector during these COVID-19 times, he stated that teachers cannot be put in every home but there are teachers in every home in the form of parents.
He clearly stated that, despite the fact that they are a bit untrained, parents are a good replacement for the teachers temporarily.
He reiterated that parents have to take up the responsibility of being the teachers to their kids while the schools are still closed.
Dr Opoku Prempeh added that in a bid for government to continue the education process, government has come up with programmes that would come in handy to help the parents, and the students as well in the continuation of education.
Meanwhile, Matthew Opoku Prempeh has hinted that final year senior high school students might do a one-year national service programme if the COVID-19 persists and schools remain closed.
Explaining the need for the programme, Opoku Prempeh said back in the day, anytime there was a bit of disruption in the academic calendar, the government introduced national service to cater for the disruption and also to keep the students busy.
Speaking on Metro TV's Good Evening Ghana and monitored by theghanareport.com, the minister said the government is looking to explore that option should schools remain closed.
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