Mrs. Mercy Akayila Auembee, President of the Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (CHBS) in Ghana has assured President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that the Association was fully prepared to welcome the final year students of the Junior High Schools.
She said this when CHBS met President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday at the Jubilee House to discuss the preparedness of the Association to re-open schools to enable the final year students write Basic Education Certificate Examination.
She, however, appealed to the government to ensure adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the schools to contain the spread of the COVID-19 on campus.
“We Appeal to you, to ensure timely supply of PPEs especially to the pre-urban and peri-urban areas” she said
She also urged the government to organize training on the virus for the head-teachers and teaching staff in the various schools to enable them form COVID-19 response teams to handle suspected cases before reporting to health professionals.
On the dissemination of information on the virus in the communities the schools are operating, Mrs. Auembee said all heads of schools across the country would engage parents and opinion leaders in their communities to ensure that they all play their part to contain the spread of the virus in schools.
She commended the government for its commitment to investing $219 Million on a comprehensive set of interventions that would address constraints on teaching and learning at the country’s basic education level under the Ghana Accountability and Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP).
Mrs. Mercy Auembee expressed CHBS gratitude to the President for engaging them on matters concerning education as that was the first time a sitting President had done so.
She used the occasion to express their concerns bordering on the poor infrastructure in the basic schools, saying “though education has been a priority of the government, it should continue to drive the needed infrastructure development at the basic school level”.
She also commended the President for showing quality leadership and competence in tackling the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo appealed to the CHBS to ensure strict adherence to the Covid-19 safety protocols to contain the spread of the virus on campus.
The President said notwithstanding the damage that COVID-19 was causing the economy and social life in Ghana leadership should find ways of continuing the education of every student in the country.
He stressed that the decision to include the reopening of schools such as the JHS in phase one of the easing up of restrictions was taken advisedly.
He, therefore, assured the CHBS the commitment of government to supply to PPEs to all universities and Senior High and Junior High Schools.
It would be recalled that, in his 10th update on the measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the country on the 31 May, President Akufo-Addo announced the re-opening of schools to enable final year students of Junior High and Senior High Schools and university to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.
According to the announcement, the final year students of JHS are expected to reopen on 29th June to prepare for their exit examination.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD