President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Angel Carbonu has highlighted the need to ensure the protection of teachers as they return to the classrooms.
According to Mr Carbonu, the move is critical in ensuring that the teachers are provided with a conducive environment to execute their mandate in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
President Akufo-Addo on May 31 announce the reopening of schools for final years at the JHS, SHS and university levels to facilitate preparations towards their exit examinations.
This decision according to him, will be conducted amid the adherence to protocols recommended by health experts to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 including the provision of facemasks by government.
Acknowledging what he described as apprehension among the teachers following the directive, he called on government to do “everything that will ensure that teachers and students will not get infected.
Citing incidents of potential transmission of the virus such as through the marking of exercises, the NAGRAT president quizzed on JoyNews: “will that be practical because once the student writes the exercises and the teacher marks, the possibility of transmitting the disease is at a higher level.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister Dr Yaw Adutwum assured the teacher unions that the government will do everything possible to create an atmosphere for effective teaching and learning to thrive even as the country battles the spread of Covid-19.