The Ghana Education Service has provide training for taskforce to ensure teachers and students safety in the go-back-to-school module following an available data suggesting part of the country’s students have been forced to be engaging in economic vestures in the country since the closure of schools.
Mr. Anthony Boateng, the Deputy director of the Ghana Education Service made this known during a launch of the go back to school Safe Learning Campaign which seeks to ensure and sensitize students and teachers modalities regarding to the re-opening of schools.
Mr. Boateng believes the students attention have been shifted from education to economic activities. Adding to this, he said ”The data we gathered following the return of the students so far indicated that some children did not return to school. This is a worrying development and therefore we need the support of all stakeholders to encourage and motivate them to return to school.”
“Some of them have become involved in economic ventures, such as galamsey that have exposed them to money, and asking them to return to school is likely to be a challenge. Some parents are also responsible for this. Some girls have also become pregnant while others have been given out in marriage,”
It is believed that this back to school Safe Learning Campaign is going to encourage the school drop-out on the need to further their education.
He stressed on the Regional Advocate Taskforce who’s mandate is to create and advocate for public awareness in the various communities within the region.
“Trained teams of Resource persons who will call Regional Advocacy Taskforce have been set up. Members of the task force include people from various governmental institutions, CSO’s, GES, religious leaders and the media. They have been assigned to all the districts in Ghana.” he said.