The president of The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu has assured teachers across the country of their safety as school resumes. This statement was made in an interview with Citi Tv’s Umaru Sanda following the President of Ghana’s decision to reopen schools fully.
The NAGRAT president concord with the decision to reopen schools but however assured that the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) must make sure the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be provided to teachers and students to help curtail the pandemic and enable the schools to run.
He made an assurance to all education stakeholders that the union will, however, put the government on its toes by ensuring that the right measures are put in place to protect the student s and teachers.
“We will monitor the school environment and call immediately on the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education where we feel that the materials are fallen short for them to provide that materials-it is very necessary,” he said.
Coalition of concern Teachers
Speaking on the same issue about the president’s decision to reopen schools, the Deputy General Secretary of Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Patrick Nii Sackey suggested a shift system to enhance a pandemic- free operationalization of schools.
“Some of the students could come in the morning and then others will come in the afternoon. I think that will be the best way to help so that we can practice social distancing. Our classrooms are already congested so therefore we need to move to the shift system so that we can observe all the protocols of the pandemic. There is an adage that goes like, half a loaf is better than none”, he stated.
He however sensed a danger of an increase in truancy among students when this system is taken into consideration but let to the association alone, they believe this system will be the best since we are not in normal times.
“We know surely, some few children will be practicing truancy and those things, but for the good of the majority of people, I think that it is going to help. But if we say that because of the challenges which are associated with the shift system, we will not practice that and we will leave the children to be home, I think that will not be a public good”, he reiterated.