Most students who resumed school today were seen defying Covid-19 protocols although school authorities had put in place measures to ensure the safety of students and teachers.
After closing down in March 2020, schools across the country reopened today and Atinka News team went round to see how students and pupils were attending class amidst the covid-19 pandemic.
Although the Ghana Education Service (GES) directed that schools should use today (Monday) for cleaning and begin official studies Tuesday, January 19, 2021, some schools began their normal classes today while others used the day to clean their schools.
When the Atinka Team got to the Achimota Senior High School, it was noticed that the students had gathered at the school with no special activities going on.
At the Accra Girls Senior High School, it was also observed that the temperatures of students and parents who were coming in were checked at the gate, although the media was not allowed inside the school.
When the news team got to the Nima Cluster of schools, it noticed that although the school had put in place "Veronica buckets" for hand washing, with the security man checking the temperatures of the students, the students had ignored the social distancing while most of them had either taken off their face masks or worn it wrongly.
All attempts to speak to the school’s directorate proved futile.
At the St. Kizito RC Basic School, it appeared that most of the students did not know about social distancing as they were all gathered in groups at one place.
It was also noticed that most of them had taken off their face masks or had worn it either on their head, their chin while others had it in their bags or hands.
Headmistress of the school, Ms Victoria Hammond said the students had not started official classes, explaining that they used today for cleaning.
She gave an assurance that from Tuesday, the school authorities will ensure that all students stay in their classes as expected of them and ensure they observe social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
She admitted that their challenge had to do with the number of students since the teachers had to control all of them at a go.
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