The Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) as a matter of urgency has petition the Government of Ghana (GoG) to suspend the January school reopening for basic schools over inadequate or no PPEs in some schools.
Akufo-Addo yesterday in his 22nd nation’s address said Personal protective equipment (PPEs) including face mask, sanitizers, veronica buckets and roll of tissues have been distributed to schools to ensure the safety of students.
But, IFEST in a statement copied to Educationweb.com.gh indicated most of the Basic Schools it visited are yet to receive any form of PPEs.
“Unfortunately, pupils have had to report to school today without the needed PPEs at a time when Covid-19 is in the ascendency in the country”
The Institute in light of the worrying situation is calling on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to suspend reopening of schools till all students have been equipped with the needed PPEs.
“We are also calling on parents and guardians to provide their wards with at least a nose mask and hand sanitiser to enable them to stick to the protocols”, the Institute for Education Studies urged in the release.
Students in the country following President Akufo-Addo’s assurance that schools have been made safe returned back to classrooms today to start the 2021/2022 academic year after 9 months of school closure amid COVID-19.