The Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) is calling on government through the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) to reopen schools for all levels in Ghana for academic work to commence.
The Association argued that the time for full resumption of academic work is now since most students will lost appetite and interest for academic work should they stay at home for a very long time.
The President of the Republic of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, 15th March, 2020 has ordered for the closure of schools in the country following the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic. But, the Association has since declined the decision to shutdown schools.
The Acting President of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools Dr. Damasus Tuurosong in an interview monitored by Coverghana.com.gh said, a significance majority of students in the rural areas who cannot access virtual learning platform will be disenfranchised if schools are not reopened should government went ahead to roll out the E-Learning programme.
He further said, there is no effective teaching and learning at home during the Coronavirus pandemic era. “How many parents are accessing their students at home. Virtual learning works when parents assist their wards. It will be difficult for effective learning at home since most parents may not have time to monitor their wards at home” He added.
The Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Tuupaso, a Senior High School in Wa and a Lecturer at the University of Development Studies (UDS) noted that, teachers were not trained on how to deliver on virtual learning processes and government cannot depend solely on the virtual learning during this Coronavirus era.
He therefore said, teachers need to be trained for virtual learning and students cannot be at home until such is done. Speaking further, he proposed that, government should reopen schools, implement policies and put strict measures in place to reduce the spread of the virus among students and teachers.
In his concluding statement, he added that the cause of high rate of indiscipline and vandalism of school property during the ongoing 2020 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination by some final year students is as a result of the long break they have enjoyed at home. “Students have been at home for long and have engaged themselves in deviant activities leading to their act of misconducts.” He explained.