As schools reopen today amidst the surge in Covid-19 cases recorded in the country, some parents have expressed mixed feelings on government’s decision to let children back into school.
In a report by JoyNews correspondent Animwaa Anim Addo on the Super Morning Show (SMS) with Winston Amoah, Monday, some parents relayed their fears and worries as they brought their wards to the Christ the King School.
A parent, Roland said although there is the need to be concerned for the safety of children, the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) has laid out measures that guarantee the safety of students.
“Finally the kids get to go to school to learn. It is a lot of mixed feelings. It was a difficult decision in allowing them to return to school. The PTA tried to allay our fears and they outlined some protocols they have put in place and we were satisfied with it.”
Other parents who also spoke on today’s ‘SMS’ also indicated that they expect that measures put in place would be strictly observed, hence have volunteered to be on the school’s task force.
“It is about our kids and us. We need to be sure all of us are safe.
At the PTA meeting last week, parents were asked to speak to their children at home and now we have assistants in classrooms to speak to the children in Kindergarten not to touch one another.
“They have been asked to write their names on their face masks to discourage nose mask sharing,” they said.
The Christ the King School on the first day of school reopening has seen strict enforcement of Covid-19 safety protocols by the military and police.
“There is the checking of temperature. Lots of veronica buckets have been provided for hand washing and social distancing is being respected,” JoyNews reporter said.
In President Akufo-Addo’s 22nd address on the fight against Covid-19, Sunday, he entreated all school authorities to ensure the safety of their students is a topmost priority as they return to school.
“I am pleading with you, please observe the Covid-19 protocols at all times. You must maintain the level of discipline and sense of responsibility to stop the virus from spreading in your schools and, for day students, at home, as well.
“Wear your masks at all times. Wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Protect yourself. Protect each other. Protect your teachers. Protect your parents,” he stated.