Government urged to at least reopen basic schools
Dr. Ibrahim M. Gunu, a senior lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Faculty of Education, is appealing with government to resume elementary schools in areas that less harmful.
According to him, the consistent close down of basic schools in Ghana because of the Covid-19 pandemic may bring about a rise in early marriages, child labour and school dropouts in the Northern section of the country.
“I want to commend government for the continuous engagement of significant stakeholders in the education sector and I suggests that government should at least reopen basic schools in low risky areas in Ghana by September, 2020,” Dr. Gunu mentioned in an article.
“We need to know that children cannot wait for that long. Children learn less, and lose the habit of learning. In some parts of Ghana if schools are not reopened, students may give up their studies and start work or get married. Children are more likely going to suffer abuse, malnutrition and poor mental health.”
“Parents who have nowhere to drop their children struggle to go to work,” he added.