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Some parents within the Elmina community whose wards are at the Bright Light Academy school a privately owned basic school have been left stranded after the proprietor of the school informed them that the school has seized to operate.

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President Akufo-Addo in his 21st televised address directed schools in the country to reopen to begin academic work after having been closed for almost a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Parents whose wards are at the Bright Light Academy near the Nippon junction in Elmina had adhered to the directive and was thus sending their wards to school only to be told the school had seized operations just the morning of the scheduled reopening.

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One of the parents who was visibly seen agitated speaking to ATLFMNEWS said “I dressed up my child for school this morning only to be told he cannot be accepted because the school will no longer be in operation. This is unfair because I just sold a new uniform for him.”

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Another said “I have nowhere to send my ward to since no school is ready to admit new students. This is really frustrating.”

ATLFMNEWS gathers that the Proprietor took the decision to close down the school because he claims he cannot adhere to the COvid-19 protocols should the school continue to be in operation. Teachers have started distributing pupils textbooks back to them signifying the total shutdown of the school.

GES assures parents of their wards safety ahead of school’s reopening

The Ghana education service says all the necessary measures have been put in place ahead of the official reopening of basic schools today for effective teaching and learning.

The Service, in a statement issued in Accra, and signed by Ms. Cassandra Twum Ampofo, Head of Public Relations Unit, therefore, urged pupils, parents, teachers, and the public not to panic.

It said academic work would commence on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The statement, directed that all schools should use Monday to tidy up classrooms and school environments for academic work.

Meanwhile in the Central Region, the Regional Chairman of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Rev. Dr Isaac Owusu says he is not happy with the adherence to the protocols after having visited some schools within the Cape Coast. He said some students especially in the public schools were seeing without the face masks.

According to him this poses a great danger to the students especially at a time when the country is recording the new variance of the virus. Meanwhile ATLFMNEWS gathers that most of the schools have not received the logistics needed to battle the virus


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