Teacher Unions to Defy GES’s Plans On Re-Opening of Schools


Pre-tertiary Education Unions have warned to defy any plans by the Ghana Education Service, to reopen schools.

According to the unions, they would not subscribe to the re-opening of the schools should President Akufo-Addo decide not to extend the 31st May, 2020 deadline for the ban on prescribed public and social gatherings to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, and go ahead to order the re-opening of the schools.

The groups insist that conditions are not rife for the safe reopening of schools given that the new coronavirus infection spread remain “very exponential” and “still very much horizontal” in the country.

As at Monday, May 18, Ghana had recorded 5,735 confirmed cases, 29 deaths and 1,754 recoveries.

In a letter dated May 18, 2020, addressed to the Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), in response to requests for suggestions to plan the re-opening of schools, the unions – Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH) and Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) – said given that our schools could serve as incubation centres of the pandemic, coupled with the unlimited social interactions and movements which take place there, they would not support the reopening of schools.

The unions also list a number of issues as additional reasons why they would not support any move to reopen the schools under current conditions, insisting, “We cannot expose our Teachers and students to the Covid-19 pandemic, with its attendant sorrows and gnashing of teeth.”

The unions are also concerned that;

Considering the age and exuberance of the students, one cannot be sure that they will adhere strictly to the Covid-19 safety protocols, hence they fear that the disease may spread in the schools.

The country’s health system is still grappling with handling the situation, and items for the observation of the prescribed safety protocols – i.e. clean running water for washing of hands frequently, alcohol-based hand sanitizers for sanitizing of hands by both Teachers and students, face/nose masks to be used by Teachers and students, are still not available in the schools.

And class and dormitory sizes are quite small but dormitory and class populations are still large, thus not making the observation of social distancing possible.

Majority of Teachers and Students will have to commute from their place of abode to the schools hence increasing the risk of infection of the Covid-19.

Source: graphiconline.com

Enter Your School👇

Teacher Unions Engage GES On Legacy Arrears Over Suspected Data Irregularities

Teacher Unions are currently engaging the Ghana Education Service (GES) to correct the alleged rise in the number of beneficiaries Read more

Gov’t Approves Increment in Research allowances for University Teachers

Government has approved an increase in the Research allowance of University Teachers from GHS 500 to GHS 1,500. According to Read more

Teachers should sacrifice 50% of their salary if they want to stay home – Prof. Adei

Professor Emeritus of the Ashesi University, Stephen Adei says teachers must be ready to forgo 50% of their salaries if Read more

2021 SHS Academic Calender Released by MoE and GES [Read]

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service has released the Senior High School (SHS) calendar for Read more

Junior High Schools (JHS) In Ghana to run Semester System [Check Calendar Here]
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Junior High Schools (JHS) in Ghana will from Monday, January 18, 2021, run a semester system as part of conditions Read more

WASSCE 2021 to be written in Sept/Oct and 2021 BECE in November – GES hints

The Ghana Education Service (GES) says it has begun discussions with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for the 2021 Read more

SHS 2 and SHS 3 to resume on January 18, 2021 and SHS 1 students on 10th March 2021
Scholarships Secretariat receives over 20,000 online applications from WASSCE graduates

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that the government is convinced that it is safe to reopen schools this Read more

Ghana announces end of Double-Track System for SHS first and third years

The double-track system for first and third-year Senior High School students will end upon the resumption of school for these Read more

Schools in Ghana to re-open mid-January 2021

Schools in Ghana will return to full academic work beginning mid-January 2021, sources within the government have told Graphic Online. Read more

2020/2021 SHS Placement for BECE Graduates to begin early January 2021
He said the scholarship processes for the 2020/2021 academic year commenced in March 2020, with over 300,000 Ghanaians applying from all over the country.

Another academic year is here with us and in less than a month successful Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates Read more


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.