The Volta Regional Director of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr Solomon Denyo, has assured government and all educational stakeholders in the Volta and Oti regions that his outfit will complete the disinfection of private and public schools before schools re-open on Monday.
Zoomlion, he said, has accordingly engaged sub-contractors to help speed up the covid-19 disinfection of the schools.
He said logistics deployment, mixing and application of chemicals have been executed in a professional manner by their officials, noting there have been great collaboration from all stakeholders.
In all, he said they will be disinfecting about 107 senior high schools in the two regions against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
This, he said, would cover all facilities and open spaces in the schools.
Wallace Academy SHS, a private SHS in the Volta Region, was the first place disinfected by the Zoomlion disinfection gang.
Proprietor of the school, Maxwell Wallace Afram, commended the Ministry of Education as well as GES and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for including private schools in the nationwide exercise.
The outbreak of the coronavirus in Ghana, he said, has taken a severe toll on private schools.
According to Mr Afram, his school did not collect school fees from parents before the abrupt end of academic work.
As a result, he said payment of administrative expenses, workers’ salaries and other expenditures have become a huge problem for the school. He added that his school has had to go for loan to pay for those expenses.
Some schools, according to him, were not paying their teachers’ salaries while others were doing part-payment of salaries.
“Regrettably, some teachers have lost their jobs as a result of the closure of schools occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Mr Afram lamented.
The Holy Spirit College of Education was also disinfected by the team.
Principal of the College, Mr Gabreal Freeborn Koku Wortodzor, told journalists that they would print coronavirus safety protocols and paste them on the entrance of the school and at vantage points to serve as constant reminders to both the students and teachers.
Veronica buckets, according to him, would also be placed at various points in the school to encourage regular hand washing while every student would be given an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Students and teachers who do not wear nose masks would not be allowed in the school, he warned.
According to Mr Wortodzo, a shift system would be run for the final-year students numbering about 120, adding that their tables and chairs would be arranged two metres apart in line with observing the social distancing protocol.