The Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior Secondary schools (CHASS) is calling on government to make available Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the various institutions when schools reopen.
This it said is to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Government earlier this year ordered the closure of schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah recently disclosed to journalists that cabinet will by December 31, 2020 make a decision on the reopening date for schools.
National President of CHASS, Aljaji Yakubu Abubakar in an interview with Citi News to highlight what the government needs to do before the reopening said the protective equipment will ensure a safe operationalization of schools when the decision on reopening is taken.
“Like the government previously did with PPE, we expect that government will once more ensure that those things are in place in the schools. We will also ensure that there is the observance of social distancing will also continue when schools reopen. Boarding schools will also request that before reopening, authorities are given the necessary support items to ensure that the schools are operated safely”, he appealed.
More demand for PPE in schools
Meanwhile, Education think tank, Africa Education Watch also says for schools to be able to reopen next year, authorities would have to strictly enforce the Ghana Education Service COVID-19 protocols.
Speaking to Citi News, Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare, says the COVID 19 protocols must be adhered to when school reopens.
“As a nation, our commitment is to comply with the protocols is what will make the difference whether we can open schools definitely or not. But, I think we can because we actually operated schools when we were recording an increase in community spread, but we managed the situation until examinations were completed. So we are counting on the government’s readiness to supply necessary kits on time, so we can have a safe reopening”, he said.