- Teacher Unions in Ghana have argued that it is important for schools to remain closed even if the ban on public gatherings is not extended
- According to them, that would help reduce the spread and threat of the coronavirus disease.
- They argued that the size of classrooms and dormitories would make the observation of social distancing quite impossible
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Some Teacher Unions in Ghana have argued that it is important for schools to remain closed even if the ban on public gatherings is not extended by the President.
According to them, that would help reduce the spread and threat of the coronavirus disease.
In a letter addressed to the Director-General of Ghana Education Service, the unions said they “would not ascribe to the re-opening of the schools, should the President of the Republic decide not to extend the 31st May 2020 deadline and order the re-opening of the schools.”
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“The spread [of the virus in Ghana is still very exponential, and given the fact that our [Ghanaian] schools could still be incubation centres of the pandemic, and given the unlimited social interactions and movements which take place there,” they warned.
The teachers union also indicated that the measures that would be put in place to prevent the spread of the virus would be difficult to adhere to in Ghanaian schools.
They further argued that the size of classrooms and dormitories would make the observation of social distancing quite impossible.
Among the other challenges that the union stated that need to be addressed before reopening include the non-availability of potable water, face/nose masks, alcohol-based sanitiser and soap to help teachers and students adhere to prescribed protocols.
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President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo earlier announced that all academic activities in public and private schools including universities are from 16th of March 2020 was to be suspended.
His announcement came in the wake of the coronavirus disease.
The president however extended the ban on public and social gathering for the third time in his 9th address to the state until the end of the month.
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