Despite the willingness by students and teachers to resume to the classrooms in order to complete the academic calendar, the fear of getting infected with the virus is high among them as some schools are still without the government promised PPEs.
Out of the over 40 second cycle institutions in the Upper East Region, only five are ‘lucky’ to have received fully the personal protective equipment from the government despite school activities being taken place.
In view of that, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) at the regional level is asking its members to take their personal safety seriously and only go back to the classroom when they think they are safe.
According to the Association, some of the schools where its members operate have not yet received the PPEs as provided by the government.
Upper East Regional Chairman of the Association, Samuel Atampoya on a telephone interview with A1 News on Thursday 25, said their checks have revealed that only 5 Senior High Schools have received their PPEs out of the over 40 schools.
“As I speak to you now, it is very unfortunate, the items that the government promised to have delivered is inadequate. Yesterday, we realized that, for the hand sanitizers, it was only five schools that got theirs in the region and we have over 40-second cycle institutions in the region. Therefore, if we come out that schools should be resumed and yet we do not have these hand sanitizers what are we doing to ourselves.”
Mr. Atampoya added that even the items that the government presented to some of the ‘luck’ schools came without Veronica buckets or hand sanitizers.
“There are no veronica buckets in any of the schools except one single school. The government must wake up to the task and provide these items because it involves people’s lives both the teachers and students. We want to help these young ones to complete their final exams successful without any hindrance but how can we do that if our lives are at risk.”
He added that the only way they can protect themselves amidst the pandemic if the government fails to provide the necessary items as promised will be the use of the labor law.
“The labor law protects every worker in Ghana and we are saying that it is left on to us as an individual teacher to decide whether or not we value our lives. I’m encouraging all teachers that if the PPEs are not provided by the government as said they can go to school but should find a place that is safe and not the classrooms. The issue is that we are not saying that they should not go to school but when you go to school you need to protect yourself against the virus.”He noted