The novel coronavirus which started in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019 has become a keen global issue. Coronavirus refers to a large family of viruses that include SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It is believed that the virus was transmitted from animals to humans. Some of the first cases were diagnosed in people who had visited a market selling live seafood and animals. Many countries worldwide have recorded different cases of the pandemic since its outbreak. Ghana recorded its first two cases of the Covid-19 pandemic on 12th March, 2020 from returnees from Norway and Turkey.
The impact of Covid-19 on education in Ghana cannot be overemphasized. Coronavirus has negatively impacted education in diverse ways, some of which include:
1. Closure of schools. All schools in Ghana were shut down on 16th March, 2020 as a necessary safety precaution to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus. This mandatory closure has disrupted the academic calendar of schools.
2. Disruption of curricular activities. Curricular activities such as teaching and learning, conducting and marking of examinations were disrupted during the mandatory closure of schools.
3. Cessation of extra-curricular activities. It lead to the cessation of extra-curricular activities (sports of all kinds and cultural festivals).
4. Change in BECE time table. The West African Examination Council (WAEC) was forced to change the original examination time table for the 2020 BECE from June to September.
5. Poor state of educational facilities. The closure of schools lead to the poor state of educational facilities due to lack of use and maintenance.
6. Difficulty in breathing. It has made breathing difficult for teachers and students alike as they have to put on facemasks for several hours at school.
Despite the negative impacts of the pandemic on education, one positive impact of the pandemic is the fact that it has increased personal hygiene practices in schools due to frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing on the part of teachers and students.
What other positive impact do you think the pandemic has brought to bear on education in Ghana? Drop your comments and let's get interactive.
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