A classroom being disinfected
The disinfection of 1,729 basic schools in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions by Zoomlion Ghana Limited began yesterday and is expected to be completed next week.
Speaking to journalists during the launch, the Regional Director of Education for the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions, Dr. Peter Attefuah, indicated that his outfit was encouraging parents to allay the fears of their children of contracting Covid-19 when they return to school.
He gave an assurance that measures were in place to protect the students and pupils against the attack of Covid-19.
With regard to social/physical distancing, he said each senior high school (SHS) class would accommodate a maximum of 25 students.
In this regard, Dr. Attefuah advised parents to provide their children with all that they would need on campus, insisting that “visitors would not be allowed for the period that they will be on campus till they finish writing their exit final paper.”
Besides, he charged parents to buy nose masks in addition to the three the government would be giving to every student.
He, therefore, implored the students to comply with all the Covid-19 safety protocols.
At Nkwabeng, a suburb of Sunyani in the Bono Region, which was the first port of call, a crew of six Zoomlion field officers with Knapsack Sprayers disinfected the Boanhen Korko A/B Presby Model, a cluster of Presbyterian schools. Besides, classrooms from kindergartens, lower primaries and the junior high schools (JHSs) were all disinfected.
On his part, the Regional Manager of Presbyterian Schools for the three regions, Eugene Laryea, announced that the schools had already put measures in place to protect their pupils, noting that they had all bought “Veronica buckets, soaps and also alcohol-based hand sanitizers which would be made available to the pupils when they resume.”
According to him, the schools also have taskforces in place whose responsibility would be to enforce the Covid-19 protocols amongst the pupils.
He, therefore, urged parents to ensure that they prepare food for their children to bring along when they were coming to school.
He expressed delight in the work being done by Zoomlion and charged them to do a good job.
“I am happy with the exercise by Zoomlion, and I urge them further to do a very good job which I know they will,” Mr. Laryea said.
The exercise, he stated, would repose confidence in the pupils and also encourage them to study and take their exit examinations.
The Writer Bureau Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Robert Kwaku Adjei, revealed that the disinfection of about 65 SHSs in the three regions (Bono, Bono East and Ahafo) would begin tomorrow (Tuesday, June 16, 2020).
“From tomorrow, we will start disinfecting about 65 senior high schools in the three regions,” he disclosed.
He said already his outfit had disinfected 30 tertiary institutions in the three regions.
From Daniel Y. Dayee, Sunyani