President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu believes that it will be prudent if final year students of junior and senior high schools are made to stay at home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to him, the current fear surrounding the pandemic does not create a favourable environment for teaching and learning.
This call follows President Akufo-Addo’s directive for the final year students to stay in school as they prepare to write the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
But the president of the association, Mr. Carbonu in a Citi News interview said, postponing both exams should be considered.
“We should have gone the full hull as the universities have done. Where the universities have closed and allowed all students to go home. Let’s ask ourselves the purpose for which the form threes are made to stay in school to have an atmosphere conducive for teaching and learning but there are so much scare and fear and so much uncertainty. The frame of mind for teaching and learning to take place does not even exist in the first.”
The Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe had called on the Education Ministry to act on the concerns raised by the teacher unions.
According to him, the BECE can easily be postponed if the government liaises with other member states.
“I don’t think this is beyond the Ministry of Education especially with the BECE. It only has to liaise with WAEC and resolve that matter. It is only the WASSCE examination that the ministry can liaise with other member states and see how best they can reschedule the examination for the secondary school candidates,” he said.