The Director of Education Concept and Social Institute, Ghana Mr. Ernest Kwame Adade said, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government has failed to listen to well-meaning Ghanaians who outlined measures to be taken prior to reopening of schools for final year students to write their exit examination.
According to him, Education Concept and Social Institute, Ghana including Teacher Unions, Think Tanks etc. proposed measures to the government through the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to guide them reopen schools but failed to effectively implement the guidelines to help safeguard students and teachers leading to the death of a final year student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Senior High School.
“Prior to the reopening of schools, a number of well meaning Ghanaians including the able institute I serve outlined some measures the government must ensure before schools are reopened.” He said.
According to the ECSI Director, “asking schools to make spaces available for isolation is just not enough.” At least the Education Concept and Social Institute have already said and continue to reiterated that;
Government must prepare and equip teachers with adequate knowledge on how to respond to some risk complaints made by learners.
The Education Concept and Social Institute, Ghana indicated that, “If this was done, they don’t think the teachers would be standing in fear looking on for the student to die.”
They again added that, the government has overlooked the fact that Ghana Health Service must have a direct link with the various schools to respond rapidly to COVID-19 related complaints.
Reiterating their earlier points, Mr. Ernest Kwame Adade said, the increasing number of Coronavirus cases and the fear surrounding the Senior High Schools has informed the Institute’s decision to call on government to close down schools until we find it absolutely safe to re-open.
In conclusion, he said, “our life and safety in our own hands rightly means that the government’s decision should not be the cause of our death.”
For more information and media engagement, kindly contact Mr. Ernest Kwame Adade the Director of Education Concept and Social Institute, Ghana on 0241196960/ 0591775665