Some parents have commended government for the gradual successful opening of schools in the country despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

A section of parents said they are happy their wards in their 2nd year of Junior High School and Senior High School will be starting their academic year Monday, October 5th.

“They have been home for too long and that once the schools have put in place the protocols, we are happy they are going back,” said one parent.

They said the pandemic had underscored the importance of e-learning and urged the government to also consider reforms in the educational sector.

A parent, Madam Suzie Amevi, appealed to the government to equip public schools with e-learning facilities, internet access for teachers, an internet library for students against future academic disruptions.

She also commended government for supporting the schools to disinfect all classrooms to ensure that the schools were well-prepared to resume academic activities.

Mr. Lawreence Adu Osei, also a parent, said: “My ward is in JHS 2 but I do not see the seriousness she attaches to learning at home because I am not always at home to supervise her studies, so I’m happy they are going [this] coming Monday.”

A father of two and a trader, Mr. David Ametorgbe said the long closure of schools had affected the academic activities of pupils and students and said he wished first-year students were also resuming lessons immediately.

A second-year student of Teshie LEKMA School, Miss Jane Adjetey, said the Ghana Television learning channel had helped them to catch up with studies at home even though the 30 minutes duration needed to be reviewed.

“I am happy to go back to school. I missed my school activities and friends. We hope to observe the Covid-19 measures to prevent the spread of the disease”, she said.

A student at Mount Zion Basic School at Nima, Miss Rose Sarpong said, she had forgotten most of the things she studied because, since the start of the lockdown until now, she has had to help her mother to sell in the market.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during his 16th address to the nation, announced the resumption of school for 2nd-year students of Junior and Senior High Schools across the country on October 5, 2020.

The students are expected to complete their academic work on December 14, 2020, with strict adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols.

A statement from the Ghana Education Service and copied to the GNA in Accra, on October 2, 2020, assured students, parents, and the public that all the necessary measures had been put in place to ensure the safety of students in school.

It said all schools had been fumigated and that Personal Protective Equipment had been distributed to all schools.

“Management urges parents and guardians and the public to continue to support, cooperate and collaborate with the educational authorities to ensure successful academic work in all the schools,” the statement said.