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The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers
(GNAT), Mr Thomas Musah says the closure of schools must continue until
we have been able to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said we cannot
compromise the lives of students and teachers by reopening schools when
we have not dealt with the outbreak.

The COVID-19 he explained is spread through contact and the setting in schools could make the spread of the virus faster.

Mr Musah called for caution against any plan to reopen schools since it would open the floodgate for more infections.

According to him, we lack the needed infrastructure to observe strict social distancing in our schools.

Even if we are able to observe social distancing or even create more
classrooms, we would need more teachers and that is something he said we
cannot afford.

“COVID-19 is spread through contacts. We cannot compromise the safety
of Ghanaians by reopening schools. Can we provide for all students the
needed protection if we reopen school/ We are not there yet, and I think
we should tread cautiously. The life of every Ghanaian matter and
important.”

He said the decision by the government to rely on E-Learning
platforms to keep the schools running is a positive initiative but
efforts must be intensified to make disadvantaged students benefit.

The Ministry of Education has introduced a number of platforms, with more in development, to assist children in learning.

For online, we have resources available for SHS students on iCampus
Ghana which can be accessed at icampusgh.com using their BECE Index
Number plus the last two digits of the year they wrote their BECE as
their username. So, for SHS 3 students, add 17 to the end of their BECE
index number, 18 for SHS 2 and 19 for SHS 1.

Additionally, the Ghana Learning TV is now available on free-to-air
TV, as well as on DStv channel 315, GOtv channel 150 and StarTimes
channel 312. We are currently producing learning content for radio
broadcast, soon to be available across the country.

Sources: www.Hotstoriesgh.com

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