COVID-19: We’re not ready to welcome students back to school – Akro Sec Tech Headmaster

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The Headmaster of Akro Senior High Technical School (ASHTECH), Mr Philip Donkor has said that no Senior High School (SHS) is ready to welcome students back to school due to the increasing COVID-19 numbers in the country.

“For now no SHS is ready to welcome students because we are still not safe, our numbers keep on increasing. So where lies the situation to say we are safe for school, this is an institutions with classrooms and dormitory crowded with students. We cannot fully rely on these protocols 100%.

“Otherwise if we are forced to come to school now and there has been an outbreak of one in this school here, with over 2,000 students before we realized over 1,000 students will have it within a day and that will worsen the situation” he said.

In an interview with Angelfmonlinegh.com, Mr Donkor proposed that if anything that the government should hold on for one-two months and see if the system will be normalised before ordering re-opening of schools.

He further urged students particularly final year students to stick to study hard as they prepare for the West African Examination Council (WASSCE).

Mr Donkor also revealed that students of the Odumase-based institution in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality were occasionally forced to sleep in the school’s classrooms due to bed bug infestation.

Students of ASHTECH are occasionally forced by bed bugs to sleep in Classrooms, the headmaster, Philip Donkor disclosed during fumigation exercise of Senior High Schools in the Eastern Region against bedbugs.

Zoomlion Ghana Limited begun a 5-day fumigation exercise of Senior High Schools in the Eastern against bedbugs.

This is part of a national exercise which is being done in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service to fumigate all second cycle schools in the country.

The exercise benefited over 100 SHSs in the Region including both private and public to ensure a conducive environment for students when school reopen.

Mr Donkor said with the extreme incidence of bedbugs infestation, students mostly found it difficult to sleep in their dormitories especially at night, adding that the phenomena was making academic works uncomfortable.

“Bed buds was the big problem of the school since I took over from last year so this is a good project for us.

“All this while we have this bed bugs disturbing students all over making things very uncomfortable for them to study, some even sleep in the classrooms” he said.

He further expressed his gratitude with the steps taken by GES, hence appealed for regular fumigation to help eradicate the infestation of bedbugs in the school.

“When we heard of this very projects to fumigate the whole school in fact we were very very happy so really we appreciate this effort. We would be happy if it could be done regular which is going to get rid of this bed bugs totally from the school and our students will have their peace of mind,” the headmaster stressed.

Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey

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