COVID-19: It Is Practically Impossible To Teach KG, Primary Pupils In This Era – GES To Private Schools

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has explained that teaching pupils at the Kindergarten to Primary level ensuring proper COVID-19 Protocols will be a challenge considering the methods used in the delivery of lessons at that level.

The GES was justifying its decision to postpone the reopening of school to January 2021.

The Deputy Director-General in charge of Management Services at the Ghana Education Service, Anthony Boateng, explained that: “Kindergarten one (KG1) to class three (P3) pupils cannot go to school because their curriculum is to be taught primarily through play”.

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“In fact, their sitting arrangements, their interactions in the classroom, whatever they do, revolves around play and interaction and that’s contact, and under COVID-19, the primary role everybody is expected to play now is to keep social-distancing.”

He continued: “It was going to be very difficult to teach these children minus play, and again, at that age, KG1 at age 4, how do you expect them to wear a mask? How do you expect them to keep social distancing? We are looking at the situation where at that level somebody will even pull somebody’s mask and don’t forget that at the basic school level sometimes the population could be that large and in some areas the type of infrastructure that we have, how do we spread out? So, we found that it will be more challenging.”

He was responding to some private schools who have kicked against the move, insisting they can keep the children safe, hence they should be allowed back in school.

President Akufo-Addo, in his 16th COVID-19 update to Ghanaians on Sunday, 30 September 2020, announced that “the decision has been taken by the Ghana Education Service, after consultation with the relevant stakeholders, for SHS 2 and JHS 2 students to return to school from 5th October to 14th December 2020 to complete their academic year”.

He, however, noted that the remainder of the academic year for all nursery, kindergarten, primary, JHS1 and SHS1 students had been postponed to January 2021.

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