There is no need to explain the meaning of Covid-19 or Coronavirus from the context of public discourse in Ghana. This issue has been with the citizens and the way the citizens and duty bearers deal with Covid-19 seem to show opposite direction.
Covid-19 has ravaged the cumulative benefits, growth, and persistent development of nations world over. Many countries leaders have made tough calls to salvage what is left of those countries and especially school reopening.
The government of Ghana has announced the reopening of all schools including private schools. The schools are to be fumigated as was announced.
ADRRI has one major issue regarding how the coordination is done and the preparedness of the Teachers both psychological and physical. A major issue is that school Leaders should have been trained regarding the Covid-19 safety protocols and school management processes. The class Teachers should have been trained on classroom management and crowd control. All these have not been done and the main focus has been on Covid-19 protocols.
How do we deal with the “new normal” and the fact that these Teachers and school Managers are not trained regarding the aforementioned? The alert is that, how do we avoid the ‘business as usual’ in this trying times?
We have become accustomed to issues as if they are nonexistent, the fear is that days shall come, Covid-19 shall be treated as business as usual. The students shall mingle just by leaving the sight of Teachers and school management. How do we deal with these?
Dr. Jamal Mohammed
Africa Development and Resources Research Institute (ADRRI)