The District Director of Education for the Wa West District, Mr. Ablimsige A. Richard has tasked Circuit Supervisors, head teachers and school health coordinators to be ambassadors for change as a way of supplementing government’s efforts in fighting the novel coronavirus disease in the district.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a four day cluster-based sensitization workshop for major stakeholders in the district, Mr. Ablimsige, who confirmed the emergence of two reported cases of the novel coronavirus in the district, was optimistic that if all hands are kept on board regardless of tribe, religion and politics, the novel virus would be conquered in the district.
“Until the Novel Coronavirus is dead, buried and its final funeral performed, we all are at risk and therefore the need to strictly abide by the safety protocols”, he stated.
The District Director however described as unfair sentiments by some teachers that the government has not made adequate arrangements to cater for them by way of providing nose masks and hand sanitizers in the midst of the Covid-19. “Most of us, teachers, have families, and if not for the sake of our pupils at schools, we should be mindful of our kids at home by securing for ourselves and families nose mask and hand sanitizer “. He advised and further urged teachers not to relent in furthering their education as it is the only way of been more productive in and outside the Service.
On his part, the District Training Officer, Mr. Williams Namunakpe indicated that the workshop was a downstream district level sensitization exercise, a quick response to fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic within schools in the Wa West district. “This workshop is part of government’s efforts towards the full resumption of schools across the country as I am aware there is currently a stakeholder meeting with some major stakeholders on a clear roadmap to reopening schools since the novel coronavirus disease has come to stay.”
He added that the workshop which was initially slated for two days has to be extended to four days because the district wants to adhere to social distancing as one of the safety protocols. “A total of four hundred and thirty four (434) participants have been clustered to participate in the four days sensitization workshop and all have to be taken through topics relating to overview, responsibilities of stakeholders, and preventive etiquette and safety guidelines for schools on the novel coronavirus.”
The four days non-residential workshop which is solely sponsored by the government of Ghana was graced by high profile officers from the Ghana Education Service including the Deputy Director in charge of National Maths and Science, National Guidance and Counselling Coordinator and a member of the National Coronavirus Response Team. Their presence in the Upper West Region was to ensure the successful implementation of the sensitization workshop across the eleven districts of the region.