STAKEHOLDERS IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR ARE CONSIDERING REVIEWING THE BAN ON MOBILE PHONE USAGE IN SCHOOLS
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STAKEHOLDERS IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR ARE CONSIDERING REVIEWING THE BAN ON MOBILE PHONE USAGE IN SCHOOLS

Story by Carlos Afanou

Hon. Moses Anim, (MP. TROBO), the special guest of honour for the even explained that, as they deliberate on the theme they shouldn't loose sight of the fact that their role in providing quality education is more critical in this COVID-19 Era.

 It is so because they have not only been entrusted with adequate personal protective equipments (PPEs) by the government but they are also to ensure that there's strict compliance by both students and teachers of all the COVID-19 protocols put in place by the Ministry of Health to control and contain the spread of the Novel Corona Virus disease in schools.


He is privilege to be part of the government of HE Nana Dankwa Akuffo Addo which he will continue to provide all the necessary support that they require to play their role effectively.


Mr. Edward Obeng Anim Pabi, the Ga North COBHS Chairman also explained that, as they are well aware, Ga North Municipality is a new one created in 2019. It was culved out of the existing Ga West municipality.

He stated that, mos of them are newly appointed headteachers who were not members of COHBS before this municipal was formed, hence the need for them to undergo this inauguration and swearing in ceremony.

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

He said the main highlights of this event are that, executive members would be required to swear the executive oath of office.


 Ga North Municipal Director of Education,Mrs Esther Jones Safo, who disclosed this in Accra on Thursday, said the review would be done so that mobile phones could be used strictly for academic purposes.

She said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after the inauguration and swearing in of Executive Members of the Ga North Municipality Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (COHBS) at Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region.


COHBS seeks to bring together head teachers within the various directorates to share experiences, ideas, concerns and successes in the running of schools.

Mrs Safo entreated students to desist from visiting restricted websites on phones and computers and rather take advantage of the Ghana Education Learning programmes on the various television channels.

She noted that in the era of COVID-19 head teachers must adopt strategies to help provide quality education.


“Head teachers play a major role in the school management system and they are expected to come up with efficient and cost effective strategies to improve on teaching and learning,” Mrs Safo said.

“In these challenging times, head teachers are expected to explore various options for distance learning tools including online virtual lessons and downloadable lessons”.

She said currently, schools around the world were being encouraged to reduce the rate of contact teaching and resort to the remote learning system in order to curb the spread of the pandemic.

She, therefore, advised the head teachers to encourage their students to patronise radio and television programmes as well and appreciate distance learning.

Mrs Safo drew their attention to the launch of the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP) by the Government in June, this year, which aimed at improving the quality of low performing basic schools and strengthening education sector accountability.


“The project would also employ the phased approach to accommodate the gradual rollout of the new curriculum by government, which would begin with early grade (KG to primary six),” she said.

It would be expanded to other levels of basic education as the new curriculum is rolled out.

“The learning interventions are expected to reach approximately 10,000 poorly performing public schools (KG, primary and Junior High Schools),” Mrs Safo said.

She entreated members of the Ga North COHBS to remain united to propel growth.

Long live the Ghana Education Service, Long Live Ga North Municipal Education, Long Live the Ga North CHOBS.

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