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Covid-19: GES Considers Usage Of Phones By SHS Students

Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, says the Ghana Education Service was discussing if final year students in senior high school should be allowed to use mobile phones.

According to him, the decision has not been drawn to conclusion.

Speaking in an interview with Alfred Ocansey on 3FM Wednesday, he said that he will cooperate with officials to know the current development of the matter.

The National Council of Parent-Teacher Association appeal for the wards in boarding to use mobile phones in order to stay in touch with them.

The President of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Association, Alexander Danso called on the government to consider their request for this will help parents to communicate with their wards since the directive from the president indicates that parents cannot visit their wards when school reopen.

“Barring their parents from visiting them is quite unfortunate but I understand them because if you allow parents to be going at this time of the Covid-19 outbreak [it won’t be the best]. If they are not allowing parents to visit, at least they should allow the students to carry feature phones only for calls and SMS so that they will be able to interact with their parents because staying in one place without seeing your child for 11 weeks will be a problem,” he said.

When asked whether the Ministry of Education will heed to this demand, Dr Yaw Adutwum told the host: “I know the GES was working on something like that but I don’t know where they are in terms of finalizing that but definitely I will draw attention to it, that this is something that people may be interested in doing.”


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