A teacher revealed that during the lockdown that resulted from the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, students in public schools could not use online platforms to teach and learn.
Sabina Baffour Mensah, a junior high school teacher, said there was no way public schools could have held online classes.
“Where will you get this online for a public school?” There was nothing like it, ”she said on Joy FM Great morning show Tuesday
The show took place today to mark World Teachers’ Day under the theme “Teachers Wanted: Reclaiming Teaching and Learning for Human-Centered Recovery”.
Sunday March 15, 2020, in President Akufo-Addo’s point on the measures taken by his government to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus, he ordered the closure of schools and universities in Ghana.
“All universities, high schools and elementary schools, that is to say public and private, will be closed from Monday March 16 until further notice,” said the president.
Even though educational institutions were closed at the time, pre-tertiary students who had already registered for primary and secondary education exams were allowed to take revision courses.
“BECE [Basic Education Certificate Examination] and WASSCE [West African Secondary School Certificate Examination] candidates will be allowed to attend school to prepare for their exams but with the required social distancing protocols, ”the president announced.
The President further called on school authorities to ensure that these courses are conducted in hygienic conditions with appropriate “social distancing” between participants.
The show was held in commemoration of National Teachers’ Day which was marked
Sabina revealed that at her school, what they did was visit their students’ homes to give them private lessons.
“Few primary school teachers have been called upon to visit student homes to teach. Some did, ”she said.
With the free education policy posing challenges related to high student numbers, she said managing the student body is a challenge.
“My Form 1 class is 93 in a classroom setting. Shape 2 is around 89 and Shape 3 is also 89. We’re in a class. It’s not A and B. It’s a combined class. Form 1, Form 2, Form 3 is registration in a classroom. The teachers are doing very well. We are doing very well.
She therefore begged the government to listen to their pleas.