The exercise, which will cover both
public and private basic schools, began on Monday in the Ablekuma North
Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region.
General Manager, Zoomlion Ghana
Limited, Greater Accra Region, Ernest Morgan Arthur, made the disclosure while
speaking to a cross-section of journalists at the Odorkor Cluster of Schools in
the Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly where the exercise started off.
The schools included Odorkor Maclean
Basic, Odorkor 4&7 Basic, Odorkor 8 KG & Primary and Odorkor 1 & 5
Primary & Junior High School (JHS). Private schools that benefited from the
exercise included Christ Ebenezer Preparatory & JHS, SDA School among others.
The exercise formed part of measures
by the central government to keep environs of basic schools safe and also
protect the final-year JHS pupils who are scheduled to report on Monday, June
29, from the Covid-19 disease.
According to Mr Arthur, Zoomlion
would need the full cooperation of the heads of the schools. That, he
said, would facilitate their work.
He went on to assure that all the
4,500 schools would be disinfected before the date of reopening—June 29.
On how they were going about the
exercise, Mr Arthur said they had a team of workers who move ahead and sweep
the classrooms and the offices among others before the disinfection is done.
"...because of the closure of
schools for that long period, most of the schools' compounds and facilities
have become dirty. So, what we do first, is that we have Zoomlion workers
moving ahead of the disinfection crews to sweep and clean the schools. And
after that the disinfection teams come in and do the disinfection," the
Greater Accra Zoomlion GM explained.
He also added that his outfit had
disinfection crews who would be deployed to schools in various municipalities
in the region to undertake the exercise.
At Christ Ebenezer Preparatory &
JHS, the General Manager, Mrs Rita Ofosu, Yeboah, expressed her school’s
gratitude to the government and Zoomlion for the exercise.
“This exercise is a step in the
right direction because it is part of measures outlined by the government to
contain the virus,” she said.
She revealed that her school had
already held a meeting with parents of pupils of JHS and drummed home their
responsibilities to their children in these ‘new normal’ times.
“…on our part, we have bought the
thermometer gun which would be used to take the temperatures of the final-year
JHS pupils on a daily basis,” she said.
Though the school started some
e-learning for the pupils, Mrs Ofosu Yeboah indicated that the patronage was
low, which did not help much.
“We are also expecting some Veronica
buckets and other Covid-19 items from the government, and we have been assured
that we will receive them before next week,” she added.
On the social distancing protocol,
the GM of Christ Ebenezer Preparatory & JHS was quick to assert that that
would not be a problem, explaining that the school had spacious classrooms to
accommodate the 30 pupils in a classroom.”
A teacher in charge of the JHS
Department of SDA School, Theo Mensah, commended government for including
private schools in the exercise.
“We have already met with parents of
the final-year pupils and educated them on the Covid-19 preventive protocols.
That is not all; we have also resolved to educate the pupils when they report
back to school and to ensure that we all adhere to the Covid-19 safety
protocols,” he noted.
For his part, a teacher at Odorkor 7
Basic School, Abdul-Wahab Haruna, stressed that the exercise would help keep
safe the school’s environment.
However, he added that it was
imperative that both teachers and the pupils observe the safety protocols for
“our own safety and that of our loved ones.”
Zoomlion also had crews in the
Weija-Gbawe Municipality, where some clusters of schools including the Mallam
Cluster of Schools were disinfected.