The Chairman of Private Schools Association in the Tamale Metropolis, Abdul Rasheed Yahaya, has completely disagreed with the reservations made by the president of National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Cabornu on the reopening of schools as announced by the president of the republic in his recent address to the nation.
Mr. Cabornu expressing his views on the development stated that reopening of schools for kids at the kindergarten and primary levels should be suspended since they are vulnerable to COVID-19.
He argued that, pupils at that level are vulnerable and do not appreciate COVID-19 safety protocols. He went on and to explain that; “Even we adults, I do not think we are abiding by the safety protocols, let alone children at that age. That is why I have some apprehension and worry looking at the age group we are dealing with.”
However the chairman of private schools association who is also the proprietor of Sharp Brains Academy in the Tamale metropolis, said though the kids are vulnerable, but then it is better to confine them at schools rather leaving them to roam and mingle with unknown persons.
He said children needed some level of education; therefore the reopening of schools was in the right direction. Abdul Rasheed Yahaya argued that there is no scientific basis that shows that kids are vulnerable to COVID – 19, “we are well prepared to handle the kids in the midst of the COVID – 19,” he assured.
“If the kids are in school, well conserved, it will be better than leaving them to roam about, and so for us, we completely disagree with the reservations by Angel Cabornu, saying kids are vulnerable. We all know the kids are already interacting with all kinds of people and besides there is no scientific basis for his argument, I can challenge him, if he can prove to us the scientific basis that shows that kids are vulnerable to COVID – 19 instead of making this argument, he stated.
Abdul Rasheed Yahaya revealed that government has supported them with PPEs and other items to enable them handle the pupils. He also called on government to support the private schools with textbooks and learning materials and waive the statutory taxes on private schools since they are now returning from a long break.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu