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Strictly enforce COVID-19 protocols to assure parents of their ward’s safety – GES urged

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An Education Consultant, Kofi Asare is urging the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols in schools.

He said this will help to assure parents that their wards are safe in school amidst the rising case of COVID-19 in the country.

Kofi Asare’s call comes at a time when some parents are calling for the closure of schools one week after reopening due to the surge in cases of COVID-19.

He said if the GES had initiated a shift system and made personal protective kits readily available to schools before they were officially reopened last week, parents would have been assured of the safety of their wards.

He however said the GES can immediately heighten compliance to the COVID-19 safety protocols to avoid outbreaks in schools.

“With a blatant disregard for health and safety protocols and there is overcrowding in schools, I appreciate the concerns that some friends are expressing that schools should close down. Many private schools are doing virtual learning. I think GES must prove parents wrong by sticking to the protocols that the president has established. If the GES had split the classroom into a maximum of 30 and running a shift especially in urban schools, and PPE was available from day 1, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. If that is done, I’m sure the concern that parents have will be watered down,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye says only three cases of COVID-19 had been recorded in schools in Ghana since their reopening last week.

At the last briefing of the Ministry of Information, he said two cases were confirmed in the Upper West Region with one case in the Western Region.

Source:citinewroom

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First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has commissioned and handed over a newly constructed library at Kumawu for the Sekyere Kumawu District and the Ghana Library Authority in the Ashanti Region.

The facility is to encourage reading among children in the catchment area.

 The library, which will serve the Kumawu Anglican cluster of schools and its environs, was constructed, furnished and resourced by the Rebecca Foundation, with the support of the Ghana Education Service, Ghana Library Authority and Book Aid International.

In a speech read on behalf of the First Lady at the commissioning, she reiterated the importance of reading as one of the surest ways to acquiring quality education because it exposed children to the immense knowledge contained in books and other reading materials.

She said since assuming office in 2017, the NPP administration under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, had implemented several policies aimed at making education affordable and accessible to all Ghanaian children.

“Government has invested huge resources in implementing policies such as Free SHS, free hot meals, free textbooks, and free uniforms among others, all aimed at ensuring equal access to education, to break the vicious cycle of inequalities”, Mrs Akufo-Addo said.

However, she said the laudable policies stood the risk of bearing little fruit if the foundation of reading, was not strengthened.

The First Lady said, her Rebecca Foundation, therefore, had through its “Learning to Read, Reading to Learn” Initiative, constructed, resourced and commissioned many libraries in places around the country including Wenchi in the Bono Region, Sefwi Debiso in the Western North Region, Moree in the Central Region, Daffiama Bussie Issah in the Upper West Region, Amansaman in the Greater Accra Region and Kumawu in the Ashanti region.

She used the occasion to announce some soon-to-be-completed libraries at Bortianor in the Greater Accra Region and Dambai in the Oti Region, adding that the Rebecca Foundation would, continue to support the government’s effort to make education accessible and attractive to all young people.

Mrs Akufo-Addo also urged parents and other stakeholders to encourage their wards to patronise the reading facilities, emphasising that, literacy was how lifelong learning and a child’s ability to learn to the highest levels remained possible.

She advised the people to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols in all their daily activities, warning that the deadly disease was no respecter of persons and knew no boundaries.

Mr Philip Basoah, Member of Parliament for Kumawu, thanked the First Lady for her support and congratulated her on her immense contribution in empowering the youth through education.Present at the commissioning were Mr Samuel Addai Agyekum, District Chief Executive for Kumawu as well as some officials of the Assembly and Traditional leaders in the area.

Source: GNA

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School at Akosombo records 42 COVID-19 cases

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Forty-two students of a school in Akosombo in the Asuogyman District have contracted COVID-19 according to the Eastern Region Health Directorate.

As of yesterday, Thursday, the students have been isolated while mass testing is expected to take place.

The Eastern Regional Health Director, Dr. Winfred Ofosu told Citi News most of the students were asymptomatic.

“In the school, there was one student that had symptoms and was tested, and they decided to do mass testing, and they found quite a number of students who were asymptomatic and positive.”

He also said he was not aware of the exact school that had been affected.

“When I saw the figures, I tried to find out [the name of the school], but that information hasn’t come to me yet, but I know the school has about 42 cases,” Dr. Winfred Ofosu said.

Before this update, the Ghana Health Service on February 2 said 20 positive cases of COVID-19 had been recorded cumulatively in some schools in the Greater Accra Region.

It also said there was a limited outbreak of the virus in some schools in the Upper West and the Western regions but did not give details.

Schools in the country resumed teaching and learning from January 18 after several months of being closed in 2020 to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Eastern Region Has recorded 2,953 of the 69,255 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Ghana has also recorded 440 deaths from the virus.

There are currently 6,086 active cases following a recent surge in infections.

Source: citinewsroom

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Universities’ Senior Staff strike forces closure of UCC, UG basic schools

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Authorities of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the University of Ghana have closed indefinitely all sections of their basic schools.

The closure will affect pupils from the kindergarten level through to the Junior High School level.

In separate statements, the UCC and University of Ghana authorities said the closure was necessitated by the strike embarked upon by the Senior Staff Associations of Universities nationwide.

“We are compelled to defer because the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana has asked its membership to suspend all work scheduled until further notice,” the University of Ghana said in a statement.

The Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana announced a nationwide strike over outstanding Tier-2 contributions of its retired members.

The Association is also demanding an improved market premium and non-basic allowance as well as the migration of public universities onto the Controller and Accountant General payroll system.

It also noted the lack of study leave with pay, medical care for staff and families among others as issues that needed addressing.

The First Vice Chairman of the Senior Staff Association, Mohammed Zakaria has vowed that members of the association will remain at home until their concerns are addressed.

Following a 10-month break, basic schools were set to resume school fully from Friday, January 15, 2021.

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