In his 10th Address to the nation on measures taken by government to ease Covid-19 related restrictions, President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced that final year university students will resume classes on June 15 whiles Form 3 Senior High School students as well as Form 2 Senior High School students on Gold Track will reopen on June 22, 2020.
President Akufo-Addo further revealed Form 3 Junior High School students will also return to school on June 29 to prepare for their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) after closing down both public and private schools across the country in March 2020.
However, sooner had the SHS Form three and Gold track students returned to school, than some schools recorded some cases of Covid-19. Notable is the Accra Girls Senior High School which has recorded 55 cases including a teacher and the spouse.
Following these incidents, www.zamireports.com set out to observe how management of Junior High Schools within the Weija Municipality in the Greater Accra Region are ensuring that students adhered to all Covid-19 protocols outlined by the World Health Organization.
Our correspondent Nsiah Kwabena Collins who visited the Divine Grace, Light of the World, and SS Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Schools hinted there were hand washing stations at the school premises, “Veronica buckets, liquid soaps, tissues, and sanitizers were at their entrances for washing of hands before entering the premises while the security checked temperature with the thermometer gun”.
He indicated school management insisted on the wearing of nose mask and face shields by both teachers and students.
“When school resumed on June 29, the students were sensitized on how best they can live in school and comport themselves in the light of this Covid-19, so they are all aware and are strictly abiding by the protocols”, Administrator of the Divine Grace School, Mr. Larbi intimated.
Access was granted our correspondent into the classrooms of these schools to check sitting arrangements. Kwabena Nsiah reports students were fairly separated from each other to ensure social distancing while all the students had their nose masks on.
At the Divine Grace School, thirty nine (39) candidates registered for the Basic Education Certificate Examination and all the candidates had reported to school.
Though authorities of the Light of the World and SS Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Schools declined on-record interviews on Personal Protective Equipment supplied by government, www.zamireports.com observed protocols put in place were no different from the Divine Grace School.
The head teachers however, urged parents not to relent on their duties in protecting their wards while they are at home. This they said will complement government’s effort in safeguarding lives under the pandemic.
Some students who spoke to us lamented “the pandemic has altered their ways of friendship in school”.
For Sarah Ofosua, most of the communications among her peers and her now are centered on the preventive measures and observing the necessary protocols while learning to avoid hugs, group games and chats and “unnecessary hanging around with each other”.
Students according to the Ghana Education Service must not spend more than four hours in school.
The Greater Accra region as of July 10 had recorded some 13690 cases with 2530 active cases and 11093 recoveries according to the Ghana Health Service dashboard.