Teachers should be considered frontline workers as schools resume-GNAT TRUSTEE
A national trustee of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has stated that teachers in the country should be considered forefront staffs when schools resume because they will be obviously exposed to the virus.
The president Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo in his tenth address to the nation on the update and measures provided to curb the spread of the novel corona virus said all final year University students are to report to their Universities on 15th June; final year Senior High School (SHS 3) students together with SHS 2 Gold Track students on 22nd June and final-year Junior High School (JHS 3) students on 29th June.
In a way to curb the spread of the global virus, teachers all over the country have been out of their classrooms for almost two months without teaching.
After the reopening announcement by the president, teachers and students have begun preparing to return to their different schools amid commentaries, demands and recommendations by various stakeholders.
But describing who frontline workers are in a press briefing the Minister of Education Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, explained that health workers who come into direct contact with the COVID 19 patients are designated as such.
Unhappy with this definition, national trustee of the Ghana National Association Of Teachers (GNAT) William Yitah speaking to Wofa Agyenim Boateng on Delight Fm’s Morning Show “Me Man Nti” stated that when schools resume teachers will be prone to the virus because they will be interacting directly with the students from different homes without knowing who may be a potential transporter.
“A teacher is supposed to mark all the books of his or her students every day so contracting the virus is very easy than the health worker in the treatment centre who knows the patient he or she is dealing with is infected with the virus” he cautioned.
Teachers who are ready to teach for God and Country are calling on the government to provide the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) before schools resume to avoid further spread.
Story: Kwasi Minta
Editor: Kofi Boahen Dankwa