“Spread Of Covid-19 Is Exponential, We Won’t Risk Going Back To School” – Teacher Unions Threatens
Some scores of Teacher Unions in the country are threatening not to go to school even if President Akufo-Addo decides to lift the ban on social gathering in the country.
According to the Unions, since the spread of the covid-19 is exponential, they will not risk going to school to get infected.
In a letter addressed to the Director-General of Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwah, the union said “They will not ascribe to the re-opening of the schools, should the President of the Republic decide not to extend the 31st May 2020 deadline of the ban on public gatherings and order the re-opening of the schools”
The unions include, Teachers and Education Workers Union, the Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduates Teachers and the coalition of concerned Teachers Ghana.
The communique also said “The spread [of the virus in Ghana is still very exponential, and given the fact that our] schools could still be incubation centres of the pandemic, and given the unlimited social interactions and movements which take place there”
They raised concerns on the measure put in place to thwart the spread of the disease in the Ghana Educational communities(schools).
It added that "The class sizes and dormitory population are still large, thus not making the observation of social distancing possible”
The communique however disclosed that considering the age and exuberance of the students, one cannot be sure if they will adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocol outlined.
hence the fear that the disease may spread in the schools.
They also hinted that the non-availability of potable water, face/nose masks, alcohol-based sanitizers and soaps to help teachers and students adhere to prescribed protocols are few of the challenges facing the unions.
Story by: Magdalene Maame Abena Serwaa Asante