Private and Public Universities in the Upper East Region have undergone a successful disinfection exercise ahead of the schools reopening on January 9.
It would be recalled that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 21st address on the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, January 3rd 2021 officially announced the reopening schools.
As part of measures put in place by government in ensuring that the schools are safe for the students and teachers, Waste Management Experts Zoomlion Ghana Limited(ZGL) through the Ministry of Education(MoE) under the supervision of the Ghana Education Service(GES) has embarked on nationwide disinfection of tertiary institutions across the country.
The Regional Vector Control Director Mr John Baptist Asinvim addressing a section of journalists after the exercise hinted the number of schools who have successfully benefited from the exercise.
“Seven(7) tertiary schools have been disinfected by our hardworking team in the region” he noted.
Mr Asinvim admonished Ghanaians to take a keen interest in protecting themselves since Government and Zoomlion Ghana Limited alone can not protect them”.
Mr. Aboagye Dacosta, an accounts officer at the Regentrophen College of Applied Sciences(ReCAS) located at Namoo Kansoe in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region commended authorities for the exercise being carried out nationwide.
“This exercise which was taken up by the government to curb this deadly coronavirus is very important and should not be a one-time event.
The government should take the stand on regular intervals to take up the disinfection exercise”.
He further appealed to the Nana Akufo-Addo led government to also take a look at helping the private sector to grow as well with infrastructure and financial support.
“Talking about giving fair opportunities to students who joined the private sector to equally enjoy the pre-tertiary scholarship, the government has urged the scholarship secretariat to offer and also take steps to encourage people to join the private universities by assisting since these sectors also contribute massively to the development of the country at large towards reducing the graduate unemployment situation in the country”. Mr Aboagye added.
The urged government to also help private universities to also get the numbers to be able to run as an institution.
Mr. Aboagye outlined the steps been taken by the management of the school to help the government in the fight against the virus.
“As such the management of the school has encouraged all staff and students to adhere and practice the health protocols to make the work of the government achievable.
Mentioned among others the observation of social distancing, wearing of face masks and other protective manners”.
The exercise which started on the 6th January 2021 saw tertiary schools like
St. John Bosco’s College of Education, Regentrophen College of Applied Sciences(ReCAS), C.K Tedam University of Technology And Applied Sciences( CKT-UTAS) being disinfected.
It is expected that kindergarten, Primary, Junior High both in private and public schools will go back to school on the 15th January 2021 with the Senior High Students from Form 1 (one) starting class from the 10th. Their seniors who are in SHS 2 and SHS 3 will, however return to school from 18th January.