By Patrick Biddah
The Techiman campus of the Valley View University in the Bono East region, is to continue with its online learning as a measure to ensure social distancing in view of the covid-19 safety protocols.
According to management, the decision to maintain the online learning, has become necessary in order to consolidate the gains that has been chalked since the disinfection of their campus started by government which has helped to prevent the outbreak of the dreaded corona virus in the school.
The issue of online learning, became one of the best options to prevent crowding in schools, when the corona virus pandemic hit the shores of Ghana.
It, therefore adopted to reduce the numbers in schools who did not have enough facilities to space out students in the lead up to preparing final year students for their exams.
Disclosing the decision to maintain the online learning to Journalists today after a government and Zoomlion-partnered disinfection exercise in the school, the Vice rector for Valley View University , Luther Ntim Adjei, stressed that there has not been any corona virus infection of its students due to the strict adherence to the safety protocols and the school's internal measures.
The school which currently runs regular and irregular class sessions, is expecting about 200 fresh students during reopening on January 9, while between 400 and 500 continuing students, would as well be welcomed.
According to Mr Ntim Adjei, who is also a senior lecturer in Business administration, management of the school will also continue to have two to four students in its dormitories as a way of observing social distancing.
The disinfection saw to the spraying of the classrooms, administration block , dormitories washroom and dining halls.
The disinfection of the Valley View University, is one of the tertiary institutions which is benefiting from a government exercise through the Ghana Education Service in partnership with waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
In all , seven tertiary institutions in the Bono region, will be disinfected and that of three other institutions in the Bono East region, as well as one institution in the Ahafo region, bringing to the number 11 total number of institutions in the Bono ,Bono East and Ahafo regions, which will benefit from the exercise before school reopens.
The Zoomlion General Manager for the Ahafo region, Mr George Manu, who addressed the media at Techiman, gave the assurance that the company is up to the task and will ensure that no possible virus stays on any surface of any school, urging parents to consider their wards safe.
He called on heads of institutions to cooperate with the company by opening their schools for the disinfection exercise to be carried out.
Other institutions aside the Valley View University which were disinfected are; the Anglican University College of Technology at Nkroranza and the Atebubu College of Education.
About 681 senior high schools, according to Mr Manu, would be disinfected in the Bono East region, noting that the exercise will last the next two weeks.