Ahead of Reopening:Disinfection of schools underway in Bono East Region
Report By: Ishmael Barfi
To ensure basic, Senior High Schools, Technical and Vocational schools as well universities across the country are safe and secured for reopening on the 9th of January,2021, waste management giant Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) partnership with the Ministry of Education (moE) and Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation (MWRS) has begun the fourth phase of disinfection and fumigation exercise for schools in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.
The nationwide exercise is to ensure that, these schools are disinfected and fumigated against the pandemic, Coronavirus as they reopen on 9th January,2021 as directed by the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the 3rd of January,2021 during his 21st Nation’s Address (updates on Coronavirus).
Speaking to the media before the commencement of the exercise in Bono East Region, Zoomlion Ghana Limited Regional Manager, Mr. George Manu, indicated that, the exercise is expected to start today, 6th January , to 14th of January,2021.
Revealing that, six hundred and eighty one (681) private schools comprising of basic, Senior High Schools, technical and vocational schools as well three (3) universities namely Valley View University, Atebubu College of Education and Anglican University of Technology would be beneficiaries of the disinfection and fumigation exercise.
To ensure efficiency of the exercise, he appealed to all heads of the six hundred and eighty one (681) schools and the three (3) universities to collaborate with the various disinfection and fumigation Zoomlion teams as government seeks to ensure safety of students ahead of school reopening against COVID-19.
Mr. George Manu therefore assured parents and the general public of effective exercise as schools are expected to reopen on the 9th of January,2021, hence should not panic but support government in its quest to protect students and Ghanaians against the pandemic.
The first point of call in Bono East Region was Valley View University, Techiman campus where classrooms, administration blocks, dinning halls, and other departmental blocks.
Speaking to the press, the Vice Rector and Senior Lecturer at the university Luther Ntim ADjei, Techiman campus was grateful to government for its continuous support and assistance since the outbreak of the pandemic, Coronavirus.
Indicating that, government actions shows how it is determined to protect the lives of the ordinary Ghanaians as well ensuring a safe and clean environment as schools are expected to reopen for academics.
“Government investment in this exercise indicates its readiness to fight the spread of the pandemic in the country”, he noted.
To compliment government efforts, the institution he explained has put in place measures such as the provision of adequate veronica buckets and sanitizers at advantage points on campus.
Also, he stated that, online learning is till in session as a way to practice social distance as well avoid mass crowd on campus though face to face would be resumed.
Adding that, admission and registration of courses are done online as a way to adhere to the social distance and other COVID-19 protocols as we collectively tackle the spread of the virus.
200 fresh students according to him is expected whiles 400 continuing students are expected along the online learning system.
At Techiman Senior High School, the Assistant Headmaster for Domestics, Hypolite Tewuobu expressed his appreciation to government and Zoomlion Ghana for embarking on the disinfection and fumigation of schools ahead of reopening.
He used the ocassion to appeal to all and sundry to adhere to all protocols laid down by government to fight the spread of the pandemic, Coronavirus.
The disinfection and fumigation of schools continues till the 14th of Janaury,2021 to ensure all the 681 schools are safe and ready for reopening on the said announced dates by His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankw Akufo-Addo.