FROM: THE LEADERSHIP OF THE REGIONAL STUDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL (REGIONAL SRC’S)
TO: THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
SUBJECT MATTER: PROPOSAL FOR THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS FOR FINAL YEAR STUDENTS.
DATE: MAY 21 2020
We have taken notice of public discussion and ongoing debate on whether schools should open or not and as key stakeholders of education, we wish to contribute our quota to the debate. The Regional SRCs exist to champion the welfare and interests of students in the various senior high schools. We commend government for it’s handling of the corona virus pandemic and wish to court the support of everyone in this fight against the unwanted guest.
The leadership of the regional councils are proposing these measures as we share ideas on the best way out of the situation. We wish to state emphatically that to ensure social distancing, only final year students should be made to come to school in the mean time as we fine tune our efforts to stay with the virus.
While we share in the general concern that, these not are normal times and hence any decision to have schools opened has to be done with carefully laid out protocols. Necessity, they say is the mother of invention, it is in this regard that we write to government to consider the following proposals
1.Incentives and insurance for front line teachers and supporting staff will go a long way to motivate them to give their best and discard any fears they harbour
2.We commend government for the disinfection exercise conducted in schools. Additionally, Provision of Veronica buckets, nose masks, precautionary Covid-19 notices pasted as reminders to students and staff.
- Schools without running water should be provided with water to enhance sanitary situation
- Internal big gatherings in school should be avoided until the situation is brought under control
5.Day students in the final year should be made to join their colleagues in the boarding house to avoid movement to and from school and to ensure safety
- Intensive education should be conducted by Ghana Heath Service on COVID for all staff and students on the do’s and don’ts to ensure safety
- There should be mass testing for all students and staff and other non teaching staff before reopening of school to ensure that those with the virus are isolated and treated before joining their colleagues in school
- District Directors of Education and other authorities should intensify monitoring in schools to ensure compliance of the protocols and provide support where need be.
- We also encourage authorities to conduct bi-weekly periodic tests for all persons on the campus for early tracing and treatment
- success of the measures and safety of the final year students will give everyone a fair idea of our readiness to welcome all other students for full academic work.
11.Schools should not be in session for more than 8 hours.
12.Reopening of schools fully can be done based on the outcome of assessments made during the period when final year students were in school.
13.The final year exams should as a matter of importance be localized by the governing council of final year exams (WAEC)
14.A minimum of two 2 months notice should be given to the final year students to prepare for the final exams.
We wish the Ministry through the Ghana Education Service will factor these proposals, however we wish to state that we are against the use of the continuous assessments.
Ms. Sandra Boateng Amponsah (The GARSRC President ).
Mr. Fiifi Obeng Bediako
(The ARSRC President)