Prof. Stephen Adei, A renowned Ghanaian educationist, has recommended to reopen schools for only final year students as the debate on whether or not schools in Ghana should be reopened amidst the covid-19 pandemic.
Prof. Stephen Adei thus advised the government not to hast and reopen schools for all levels since such a step will not help in protecting the students.
The President’s directive for the closure of schools ranging from the basic education to tertiary institutions to curb the spread of the virus has now been a matter of discussion with various groups left divided over their support or otherwise for students to return back to school.
“I think that we should not rush to reopen for all students to go back at the same time because we have not learned how to manage the crowd at this stage. However, I think the institutions can reopen as soon as possible by the end of this month even for the final year students. In the universities, you will be dealing with a quarter of the population who are adults and can manage it.”
“when it comes to the secondary school level, they had eight weeks left before they went home [you can also take only the final years] but even if you think that the final years are too many, you can double track them for one batch to come and do eight weeks and the others come later. But the most important thing is that you want to have the numbers manageable for distancing and teaching. So I think that we should be concerned with the examination candidates now. We must be careful in breaking in; we must deal with the final year students’ numbers first such that we can observe the protocols. There are options but we must be pragmatic.” He added