The St. Joseph R/C Basic School, Adabraka Accra, attested to the entire public how prepared they are to receive the school children with this new system of education and directives given under the authority of the president of the Republic of Ghana. Upon reopening the school authorities have ensured all the students wear their nose masks and have also made provisions for children whose guardians in one way or the other cannot afford the nose masks or hand sanitizer.
The Coronavirus outbreak which came with lockdown restrictions has caused a lot of inconveniences in every sphere of life, especially in the educational sector where school children were been restricted from going to school for some months.
The president of the Republic of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, mandated schools at all levels to resume academic activity in January 2021 during the 21st update on covid-19. He stated that as students resume school, government and managers of schools for both public and private at all level to ensure adequate education and strict adherence to all the COVID-19 protocols are duly observed.
Some parents were delighted upon hearing the news while others expressed disinterest due to financial problems and other excuses as to whether the safety of their wards are guaranteed going back to school especially with the little ones who have no knowledge about how to take care of themselves.
The headmistress of St. Joseph R/C basic school, Adabraka Accra, Mrs. Margaret Ama Ankamah speaking to Lumen Christi TV Ghana, stated that their school is well prepared with the help and support from the Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp, and the Government to take care of the children, therefore, parents should make it a point to bring their children to school, “we are urging parents to send their children to school, we are well prepared to help them overcome this pandemic, we have enough of PPEs as well” said madam Margaret.
In every classroom of St. Joseph, the teachers make sure the pupils abide by safety COVID 19 protocols. A COVID 19 team has been formed in every class to ensure the safety of the students.
Mrs. Margaret Ankamah again said that even though they are putting in their best to get rid of COVID-19, the challenge they have observed now is with the wearing of the nose masks on the part of the children “Immediately they go out for break to have their food, you realize that after eating they do not want to put them back on again but the education we put in place will help” She said.
Christiana Osabutey-Abbey, a JHS3 pupil, said that she was so excited when the president of the Republic of Ghana said students should go back to school. She said they are not comfortable with the nose masks, but they will also try their best to wear it always to help curb the spread of the virus.
By Theresa Kpordzo