Ghana Education Service (GES) has stated that there is enough space and teachers for the final year students returning to school.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) Director-General, Prof. Kwasi Opoku -Amankwa has assured parents of final year students that there is enough space and teachers to handle their wards.

He told Bernard Avle on the Point of View on Citi TV:

“For our classes in secondary schools, it is about 50 to 60 students per class. So we are looking at half of that class. It shouldn’t go beyond 30 because we want to ensure that we have the minimum spacing in the classroom and dormitory. Now, they have all the dorms at their disposal. Now that we don’t have all the streams in there, it means we have enough space. As far as teachers are concerned, I think we have enough teachers to be doing this. We have teachers on the double track and those teaching form ones and twos who can always help to ensure that teaching and learning go on.”

He added that consultations are going to be held among stakeholders on the agreed measures to be adopted to deal with challenges that may arise as a result of the new provisions.

“I am surprised at this because on average, we do 70-30 percent boarding and day for all our schools. So I will be very surprised that there will be a school without enough boarding facilities. When we meet the CHASS on Monday, we have requested that they bring the details of the number of teachers, students, classes and dormitories that they have -they are bringing all those details so that we work them out to see the permutations. Once we see the permutations and there are challenges with the numbers, we will think around it.”

His comments come after the president stated that schools would be reopened for the final year JHS, SHS and university students in the midst of COVID-19.