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COVID-19: Private Schools Allegedly Started Sacking Students Over Unable To Pay Them.

Report reaching indicates that some private school proprietors have allegedly begun terminating the teaching contract of some teachers.

According to some of the Proprietors, there is no fund to settle the
teachers for the following months since students are currently at home
and parents are no more paying school fees.

The President of the Republic, Akufo-Addo on March 15, 2020,
announced for the closure of all schools both private and public
effective March 16 as a precautionary measure to tamp down the spread of
the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A private school Headmaster who spoke to under the
condition of anonymity said “he couldn’t pay teachers their full salary
in March, he added that “I had to plead with them to accept half payment
for March and same for April” with the idea that the disease might be
brought under control in May.

He continued that However since the disease has now been declared as a
global pandemic by the World Health Organization, nobody specifically
knows the ending date of this deadly pandemic which has claimed the
lives of still counting loved loves.

Another teacher who also spoke to us under the condition of anonymity
said he read a long letter on WhatsApp by the Headmaster of his school
indicating that “amid the fast-growing of the global pandemic his
service to the school has ended”.

A proprietor who is yet to take a decision also said if this (the
ban) persists, maybe I’ll have to lay them (the teachers) off because if
I keep them, they’ll have to be paid and no funds are coming in.

Indeed these are not pleasant time, it has brought a lot of
challenges because the teachers, most of them have one income, that is
their salaries, so if this is not coming then there is a problem.

We, therefore, entreat the general public to observe the necessary
preventive protocols suggested by the Health experts which include
regular handwashing with soap under running water, the use of
alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and coughing into the elbow.


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