Professor Stephen Adei, a renowned educationist, has recommended an entrance exams for Junior High School students to qualify them into Senior High Schools.
This recommendation is part of others he has been proposing as possible options government could adopt as part of the roadmap for opening of schools.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on March 15, 2020, directed the closure of schools to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
But concerns on when and how to reopen schools have dominated major discussions in recent times.
Prof. Adei in a Citi News interview monitored by Ghana Articles, suggested that the entrance exams he is proposing for final year JHS students should be limited to two subjects.
“For the JHS, they are not that as significant. Now we basically have basic education school children in wholesale to the secondary level so theirs is not that difficult because we can do a normal common entrance exams on only two subjects. We have done it before and it’s simple,” he said.
Debate on reopening of schools
While teachers from the public schools are asking the government to abort any possible plans of reopening schools, the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has however argued otherwise.
Four Teacher unions; Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduate Teachers, Tertiary Education Workers’ Union and Coalition of Concerned Teachers have registered their opposition to the intended reopening.
The Parents Teacher Association and School Management Committees had also advised the government against the reopening of schools because it will put the lives of teachers and students in danger.