Home Education COVID-19: We haven’t said schools are reopening – Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

COVID-19: We haven’t said schools are reopening – Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

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Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said the government has never said anywhere that it intends reopening schools.

This was clarified at a press briefing on Thursday, 21st May, 2020.

In his press briefing he said, “Government is not saying that schools are to re-open soon, what we are saying is that consultations on what it takes to re-open schools is what we are currently engaged in”, Mr Oppong Nkrumah clarified.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) recently came under criticism from some teacher unions over a letter it sent requesting proposals for reopening of schools in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Four teacher Unions –GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and CCT – said at a joint press conference that the GES letter, which suggests that the body has launched a stakeholder consultation to provide President Akufo-Addo with measures to be taken ahead of a possible reopening of all basic and senior high schools, is uncalled for.

In view of this, the GES, in a letter dated 13May 2020, signed by Director-General, Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, urged all stakeholders, including the leadership of the teacher bodies, to contribute their ideas on how the schools can ensure safety and maximum security if pupils are allowed to resume lessons.

But the teacher unions think this is misplaced.

However, some private schools think schools can reopen under strict observance of safety protocols