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Private school workers send SOS message to Akufo-Addo

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Some Ghanaian private school workers consisting of teachers as well as headteachers have appealed to President Akufo-Addo to, as a matter of urgency, assess the decision to defer the resuming of schools to next year.
The President had revealed at his Covid-19 instructions that all nursery, kindergarten, primary, JHS 1 and also SHS pupils will not re-open until next year.

Yet, the private schools employees suggest that unlike their colleagues in the public sector, they have not been paid wages because the closure of schools in the initial quarter of the year because of the pandemic.
Talking With CJ Forson on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem on Tuesday, Dorcas Forson, Financial Assistant to the Very Early Childhood Years Association of Ghana, advised government to resume schools as soon as possible.

“Things have been really challenging for teachers, particularly private school teachers for the past six months, we remain in dire demand of money to care for ourselves as well as our family members so government have to promptly review the directive on permitting just JHS 2 and SHS 2 to resume school in October,” she noted.
“All students at the different classes need to be allowed to return to school in October, we can take care of the pupils and also make sure that they follow the protocols if that’s what the government is scared of,” she pleaded.
On his component, the headteacher for Amazing Grace Educational Centre, Evans Osei claimed private schools relied heavily on the tuition costs of the pupils to pay incomes of teachers.

“We get our monies from costs paid by the parents of our students, things have currently been bad for us as and making them stay at home to the end of the year, will worsen the predicaments of teachers. The government needs to act fast and review the directive else things will be ugly” he stressed.
To him, the directive is a sign that the government has ignored the predicament of private school workers.
In President Akufo-Addo’s 16th aired address to the nation on actions taken to combat the Covid-19, the president intimated that he had consulted extensively with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and as well as other stakeholders in the academic field to come to the decision.
“… after consultation with the relevant stakeholders, for SHS 2 and JHS 2 students to return to school from 5th October to 14th December 2020 to finish their academic year,”.He said.

Some Ghanaian private school workers consisting of teachers as well as headteachers have appealed to President Akufo-Addo to, as a matter of urgency, assess the decision to defer the resuming of schools to next year.
The President had revealed at his Covid-19 instructions that all nursery, kindergarten, primary, JHS 1 and also SHS pupils will not re-open until next year.

Yet, the private schools employees suggest that unlike their colleagues in the public sector, they have not been paid wages because the closure of schools in the initial quarter of the year because of the pandemic.
Talking With CJ Forson on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem on Tuesday, Dorcas Forson, Financial Assistant to the Very Early Childhood Years Association of Ghana, advised government to resume schools as soon as possible.

“Things have been really challenging for teachers, particularly private school teachers for the past six months, we remain in dire demand of money to care for ourselves as well as our family members so government have to promptly review the directive on permitting just JHS 2 and SHS 2 to resume school in October,” she noted.
“All students at the different classes need to be allowed to return to school in October, we can take care of the pupils and also make sure that they follow the protocols if that’s what the government is scared of,” she pleaded.
On his component, the headteacher for Amazing Grace Educational Centre, Evans Osei claimed private schools relied heavily on the tuition costs of the pupils to pay incomes of teachers.

“We get our monies from costs paid by the parents of our students, things have currently been bad for us as and making them stay at home to the end of the year, will worsen the predicaments of teachers. The government needs to act fast and review the directive else things will be ugly” he stressed.
To him, the directive is a sign that the government has ignored the predicament of private school workers.
In President Akufo-Addo’s 16th aired address to the nation on actions taken to combat the Covid-19, the president intimated that he had consulted extensively with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and as well as other stakeholders in the academic field to come to the decision.
“… after consultation with the relevant stakeholders, for SHS 2 and JHS 2 students to return to school from 5th October to 14th December 2020 to finish their academic year,”.He said.

Source: Ghana Waves

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