‘We will not rush to reopen pre-tertiary schools’ – GES

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) says it will not rush to reopen pre-tertiary schools in the country as the locally transmitted coronavirus (COVID-19) keeps rising in the country.

The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa noted the Service would safely reopen pre-tertiary schools schools on the recommendation of the inuagrated committee.

Professor Opoku Amankwa speaking at a day’s training workshop on the Secondary School Improvement Project (SEIP) said schools will only reopen after the 10 member committee’s recommendation has been accepted.

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He noted that the Ghana Education Service (GES), currently has no scheduled date to reopen pre-tertiary schools adding that “but schools will reopen some time”.

The Director-General explained that even though the resumption of schools was purely an educational matter, it also had health implications amid COVID-19, stressing that “as a result, the 10 member committee has a representatives from the Ghana Health Service.”

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has tasked the committee to report their recommendations by September 21, 2020 for President Akufo-Addo’s approval.

Touching on the SEIP, the Director-General said it was a $196 million World Bank Credit Facility geared at improving underdeprived secondary schools in the country.

He said the project which started 2014 and expected to end 2021 was purposely to improve access to secondary education in underserved districts as well as enhance learning outcomes in these schools.

He noted some secondary schools in the country had not been doing well, affecting the annual school placement system.

“It is important to emphasis that it has become a ritual where just close to about 50 to 60 schools are the ones everyone wants his or her child or ward to attend, and this mounts a lot of pressure on such school,” Prof. Opoku-Amankwa added.

He said the SEIP was meant to help reduce pressures on the top-performing schools by improving infrastructure to make them attractive to students and supporting brilliant but needy students.

On the issue of one hot meal for students at the basic and final year students, he said all students, irrespective of whether in public or private school would be covered.

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said a committee to see to the implementation of the programme had already been constituted, adding that “for the basics schools, their food would be prepared by caterers of the school feeding programme.

Source: Georgeweb

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