COVID: The timing for the reopening of schools is a problem–Prof. David Millar

Prof David Millar

Government and Ghana Education Service (GES) should have waited a little to observe this new strain of COVID before the reopening of schools for our kids on Tuesday.

In a press statement released by Ghana Education Service on January 15, 2021, sighted by it says, “Management of Ghana Education Service (GES) wishes to inform students, teachers parents, and the general public that schools officially reopen on Mondays 18th January 2021 for the academic year”.

“Management of GES, therefore, directs that all schools should use Monday to tidy up their classrooms and compound. Academic work will therefore begin on Tuesday 19th January 2021”.

“In the light of that, Management wishes to inform all stakeholders that the annual event dubbed ‘MY FIRST DAT AT SCHOOL’ observed to welcome children entering school for the first time, will be held across all District and Regional Education Directorate on Tuesday 19th January 2021”.  

However, Professor David Millar, the President of the Millar Institute for Transdisciplinary and Development Studies holds a different view following the directive of reopening of schools by the Ghana Education Service.

According, to Prof. Millar who spoke to Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen of in an exclusive interview on Sunday, January 17, 2021, looking at the current experience and the dimension of the new COVID, government and Ghana Education Service (GES) should have waited a little to observe this new strain of COVID before reopening schools for our kids on Tuesday.

“Basically, we now need to learn how to leave with COVID like we are living with other diseases, so I think it natural coming that in one way or the other we have to start the school system. But, the timing for me is the problem. They are saying there is a new strain of COVID and therefore the coronavirus incident is sparkling so that makes the timing a bit worry. Because, if it would have been the good old COVID that knew since the beginning of last year that one will see we live with it but, with his new strain that, they don’t know what it is, they say is worst than the first strain we got, is now very disturbing. So, we should hold on a bit, see how that pounds out then we send the kids to school. Because if, is really as devastating as they say it is, then we are subjecting all the kids to danger. This is a new COVID, we don’t know how it is but, we know is very deadly and colleagues and friend elsewhere have told me how deadly this particular one could be, and this new one, unlike the first COVID, doesn’t discriminate between the young and elderly and is even appearing to be more dangerous to the young than the elderly”. He told Chidozie Stephen

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