COVID-19: SHS heads assure students of enhanced protocols and readiness

Kwame Adjapong, Assistant Headmaster, Administration, Pope John's SHS, Koforidua

As senior high schools (SHS) prepare to re-open on Monday, June 22, heads of SHS in the Eastern Region have assured that all arrangements are in place to receive both the final-year and Form-two students.

These arrangements, they said, include availability of Veronica buckets, soaps, alcohol-based hand sanitisers among others to be used by students and staff members when they return.

Addressing journalists during a disinfection exercise in his school by Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) on Tuesday, the Assistant Headmaster, Administration, Pope John’s SHS, Koforidua in the Eastern Region, disclosed that in addition to the above, room allocation for the students had already been done by the senior house master.

The exercise was part of an arrangement between the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service (GES) and ZGL to help prevent spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the SHS.

He said with respect to seating arrangements in the dining hall, the school has resolved to allow six students to sit around every table instead of 12, which used to be the case; adding that “students per class has also been cut down to 25 instead of 50”. This move, he explained, is part of steps to make sure students observe the social distancing protocol.

Mr. Adjapong, who was flanked by the Senior Housemaster, Eric Bampoe, and Assistant Headmaster, Domestic, E.F. Bedjabeng, said they had appealed to the old students’ association to support them with more Veronica buckets, hand sanitisers and nose masks. “…and we are yet to receive our COVID-19 items from the Ministry of Education,” he said.

He revealed that they are expecting about 1,055 students when the school resumes.

The Headmaster, Academic, Oti Boateng SHS, Francis Terkpertey, who also confirmed his school’s readiness to welcome the final-years and Form-two students, indicated that to ensure adherence to the social distancing protocol, a 12-unit classroom block has been completed.

“Furthermore, we will enforce the physical/social distancing protocol in dormitories as well,” he assured. “…we have also bought thermometer guns that will be used to take the temperature of students who will be coming. We have also purchased alcohol-based hand sanistisers, Veronica buckets and nose masks which will be given to the students for their use,” he revealed.

The Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Emma Akyea-Boakye, disclosed that her outfit will disinfect 137 SHS and 1997 basic schools in the Eastern Region.

According to her, the disinfection exercise is the second part of their agreement with the Ministry of Education and GES. “We will complete the SHSs this coming Friday and the basic schools next week Friday,” she revealed, adding that “our district officers and supervisors have been deployed across the region to supervise the exercise,” she noted.

At the St Roses Pre-School, New Tafo, the Headmistress, Mrs. Love Agyapong, said for strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols, her school must run a shift system. She however noted that the school had purchased Veronica buckets, hand sanitisers and nose masks as part of measures to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in the school.

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