A seasoned educationist Prof. Stephen Adei in an interview on Joy News Upfront said the Coronavirus does not seem to o be living soon and the government should consider allowing the final year students and Universities to reopen.
According to Prof. Adei, they were left with a few months to complete before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which led to the closure of schools.
The former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration said " the double tract system could be put on place" for the final years so that half will go at a time and another at another time.
He further argued that the face to face contact between teachers and students is needed as in subjects like ICT, it is difficult to send computers to individual homes of students and villages.
He came under serious criticism yesterday on a section of the interview where he disagreed with teachers writing letters to protest the reopening of schools. In that statement, he siad government workers are not entitled to salary if they don't work. Teachers therefore should consider forgoing 50 percent of their salary if they want to stay at home.
The statement was not received in good faith by the overwhelming majority of teachers and other stake holders. In a reaction to that statement by the Public Relation Officer of the Ministry of Education, said Teachers cannot suffer 50 percent salary cut because they did not closed down schools. He went on to say that Teachers are not idle at home as they are helping various interaction with their students.
They are also helping with the government education broadcast on TV.
If the virus does not seem to be living now, then all stakeholders have to put their heads together to see the way forward for the reopening of schools whiles observing safety measures.
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