The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey embarked on a tour of schools in the region as part of activities observing “My First Day at School”
The schools visited include St Joseph RC Basic School, Osu Manhean Basic School, Services Primary and Junior High School, Wajir Barracks Central Kindergarten, Association Community Model Basic School and the Teshie Salem Presby basic school, all within the Korle Klottey, La Dadekotopon and Ledzokuku Municipalities.
The visit was to formally welcome students to school for the first time or those being promoted from the kindergarten to the primary level to mark the beginning of the academic calendar.
As part of the visit of the visit, the students received school bags, stationeries, drinks and biscuits as well as nose masks while the schools were provided with hand sanitizers, tissues, liquid soaps and washing basins.
Hon. Ashitey advised the pupils to wear their masks at all times and follow their teacher’s instructions to keep free from COVID-19. He said although there has been a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, strict adherence to safety protocols would ensure their own safety and that of their teachers and friends.
Hon. Ashitey also said he was impressed with measures put in place at various schools by the authorities to curtail the spread of the disease, and urged them to continue doing so strictly.
He also called on the Regional Director of Education and her team to ensure continuous and effective monitoring of all COVID-19 items to ensure that they are used for the purposes for which they were bought and to also safeguard all pupils.
Monica Ankrah, The Regional Director of Education, noted that sensitization about the disease had received positive response with both Teachers and pupils strictly adhering to the protocol. She expressed gratitude to parents for training their children to observe all the protocols and gave the assurance that all measures have been put in place to secure the safety of all in the various schools.