EduWatch, an education advocacy organization has suggested to the GES and MoE to reopen schools for JHS and SHS (only final year) students preparing for their BECE and WASSCE 2020 who are currently in JHS 3 and SHS3.
Other suggestions the think tank have made include
1. Reopening schools for the final year students in July – August so that they can sit for their final examinations. I however suggested that this should be done in consultation with the WAEC to get the needed time tables for both examinations.
2. The JHS3-SHS3 reopening should be used as a pilot project to guide the reopening of all schools in the future.
3. Provide N95 nose masks for students since they will have to wear for four hours continuously and required good ventilation to breathe well.
4.EduWatch said there was the need to create two batches of students in basic schools for morning and afternoon sessions. Morning, it said should be from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. and then afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
5. At the senior high school level, it said green and gold tracks should be divided into two with each of the four batches of students attending school for 40 days at a time.
6. That, it said, would have classes to a maximum of 30 students per class.
7. It urged the government to recruit more teachers to support the 320 days of constant teaching at the SHS and JHS levels.
Would the GES buy into this reopen schools for JHS and SHS idea?