The Coronavirus pandemic has brought about a lot of economic, social and educational setbacks that would need collective attention to put an end to it.
BY: HERTY ANN – HAWKSON
Obviously, the Coronavirus pandemic has halted a lot communal activity and group activities including public gatherings, religious meetings, political rallies and the list goes on.
The most affected persons in this whole saga are children from vulnerable areas and they have become the bearers of the brunt of the educational setbacks.
On the 15th of March 2020 the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo ordered the closure of all schools and universities whether public or private in Ghana, as a measure to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana.
With these huge inequality gap in our system of education, a lot of rural children can’t even benefit from the GES TV School and other online platforms.
It is against this backdrop that a Research fellow at the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) Dr. Micheal Boakye Yadom has hinted that educational setbacks plaguing these children from varying family background calls for a collective solution.
According to the educationist there is the need to fall on family members during this crucial period
“We are not in normal times and that is true, so in situation where for no fault of anyone and for no fault of the community access to television and internet is a challenge, we may have to fall on family members and that’s why we are saying that we may have to encourage each other to play a collective role so that at the end of the day, some form of learning must have taken place especially in this period. Teachers must encourage parents and parents must encourage their children “He said.
According to him there is no direct solution to the problem at hand, the struggles in the education sector he reiterated calls for a collective approach.
Traditional rulers have a role to play, district assembly has a role to play, family heads have a role to play, religious leaders have roles to play.
He however added that in such trying times, students are likely to have several emotional challenges. At this point he said the role of academic counselors is crucial.