Heads of senior and junior high schools in the Ashanti Region have assured government of their readiness to support it to enforce coronavirus safety protocols in their respective schools as final year students return for academic work.
They gave the assurance when waste management experts Zoomlion Ghana Limited disinfected schools in the Ashanti last Wednesday ahead of the reporting of students from June 22.
The exercise, a collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Zoomlion Ghana Limited, was part of measures by the government to protect students and pupils in SHSs and JHSs from contracting the virus.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 10thh address to update the people on covid-19 eased restrictions and directed final year students from the basic to tertiary institutions across the country to resume academic.
The directive is to allow final-years prepare for their exit examinations.
As part of the protocols for the partial reopening of schools, the president directed that facilities were disinfected against the virus before students return.
From June 16, Zoomlion which has spearhead disinfection of public places across the country since the outbreak of the pandemic has been disinfecting schools in the Ashanti Region.
Among the schools which benefited from the exercise were the Adventist Senior High School, Our Lady of Apostles School, Cluster of Schools at Asem in Kumasi and Atonsu Bethel Presby Experimental School among others.
Headmaster of the School Atonsu Bethel Presby Experimental School, Rev James Dapaah, indicated that his school was earnestly putting plans in place in readiness for the re-opening.
According to him, his school has 129 final-year pupils for which reason they will be divided into groups of 25 in accordance with social distancing protocols
At the Cluster of Schools at Asem, Headmaster of one of the schools, Mr Samuel Asare Kwarteng said they were counting on the support of the government to make available the needed personal protection equipment.
The Administrator of Our Lady of Apostles, Ms Anne Andoh, said the school as part of measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 has engaged the services of a nurse who would be tasked to take temperatures of very students and staff members.
“And instead of 28 pupils in each class, we have resolved to reduce the number to 14,” she added.