“Report Heads Of Institutions Who Flouts Fumigation, Disinfection Directives” - NAPO
The Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh is calling on the public to monitor and report Heads of Private and Public Institutions who flouts the fumigation and disinfection directive given by President Akufo-Addo.
According to the Minister, failing to fumigate and disinfect institutions before allowing students to access them can pose as a big threat to the lives of the vulnerable children and Institutional heads.
Addressing the media in Accra on Tuesday, Mr. Opoku Prempeh said “We should be each other’s keeper. Covid is one of the few diseases where my safety depends on your actions. Somebody’s safety depends upon my actions. If I don’t move, you don’t get the virus if I have it. So we should be each other’s keeper in this time. The staffs of the Ministry of Education are less than 100, we cannot be everywhere but we hope that the policies that the experts have put together are sensible enough for everybody to follow”
He added that the safety of the vulnerable is even more paramount to his Ministry.
Mr. Opoku Prempeh also disclosed that his Ministry will be embarking on an aggressive re-entry campaigns, adding that it is set aside for the vulnerable.
The Minister for Education also revealed that since government is interested in the well-being of its citizens especially the vulnerable, it will ensure that Institutions are sprayed, face masks are distributed, veronica buckets, sanitizers and soap among others are also supplied.
“Church services are being gradually opened. Mosques same. It is not about government monitoring but it is about we all monitoring and making sure that the church next door to your house, If they are not following the protocols, you either have to speak to the pastor or speak to the authorities to come to the church and visit them”
The Minister also noted that Government will be hosting a sensitization programme forschool leaders and heads to ensure that everybody understands what is unfolding.
He hinted that there will also be enough public campaigns to ensure that the citizenry are abreast with the process.
“If you have a fever, do not go to school. We expect no parent to send the child to school when he or she is unwell. If we all can do our bits, I think we can kill this virus as quickly as possible”
Speaking on the West African Senior Secondary Examination (WASSCE), he noted that the Ministry has discussed elaborately with the Ghana West African Examination Council on the need to allow students write their final exams adding that the request has been approved with questions being set at the moment.
“When you go to some West African countries, they have their national exams, Infact, Ghana had a national exam plus WASSCE till 2012/14 there about. We had the SSCE and we have the West African Senior Secondary School Examination. We have discussed elaborately with the Ghana West African Examination Council and they are doing a Ghana specific exam because the other countries are not cooperating” he explained.
Pre-Tertiary Education Bill
Touching on Pre-Tertiary Education Bill, the Minister of Education revealed that Government has agreed and aligned with the concerns of teacher unions and have deleted the Decentralization Clauses from the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill before parliament adding that it is evidence of a listening Government.
Tertiary – Employment
Speaking on Tertiary Employment, Mr. Opoku Prempeh explained that Financial Clearance for Tertiary Institutions to recruit from 2017 to 2020 stood at 6,178.
He said “Approval for post-retirement contracts up until age 70 for professorial grade and approval for post-retirement contract for academic staff of senior lecturer grade up to age 65”
Tertiary – Research Support
He revealed that Government has approved the increase in Research allowance from GHc 500 to GHc1,500 which is a 200% increase.
The Minister also noted that introduction of the Ghana National Research Fund Bill is currently before parliament.
Public University Bill
He noted that the Ghana Tertiary Education Policy which was publicly launched on June 14, 2019 at the University of Ghana has given rise to the Public University Bill which is before parliament.
Mr. Prempeh stated that there has been a lot of input as government seeks to acknowledge the role of UTAG.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith