The Headmistress of the Archbishop Porter Girls Senior High (APGSHS), Mrs. Charlot Asiedu Musah said the school has received some state-of-the-art Veronica buckets from Old Students Association (APOSA) to be used to fight the spread of the COVID-19pandemic.
However, she indicated that her outfit was yet to receive PPE from the government as stated by President Nana Akufo-Addo in his recent address to the nation.
According to her, though the school was yet to receive PPE from the government, adequate safety measures to make sure that both students and staff were safe from infections of the COVID-19 have been put in place.
Speaking in an interview while conducting the Ghana News Agency round the school, Mrs. Musah said large classes would be divided into two or more depending on the number of students to keep to the social distancing protocol, while security is beefed up at the entrances to ensure that no one entered the campuses without thorough screening.
She further indicated that all front line workers like security personnel, cleaners, cooks, administrators, teachers and students would undergo training on how to detect a person with symptoms and signs of the disease to avoid contact and how to protect themselves from getting infected.
She also assured parents of the safety of their wards while on campus and called on them to advise their wards to be obedient to all the precautionary measures and all the facilities provided for a mutual benefit.
The President announced the indefinite closure of all schools, effective Monday, March 16, as part of the COVID-19 containment measures.
The SHS schools reopened for final year students and the second year Gold Track students to prepare towards their exit examinations and complete their sessions respectively as directed by the President that all senior high schools, both private and public should reopen on June 22, as part of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 restrictions.
After inspecting the facilities, the Ghana News Agency observed that Veronica buckets filled with water for handwashing with soap, hand sanitizers, infrared thermometers for temperature checks and info graphical materials with messages on COVID-19 had been placed at vantage points.
Parts of the campus that were hitherto weedy had been cleared ahead of the reopening while some maintenance work had also been done on some facilities to make them viable for use.
Some students who had reported on campus to complete the 2019/2020 academic year who spoke to the GNA commended the Government for the decision and expressed the hope that nothing untoward would happen even though adequate measures have been put in place to protect lives and to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Reverend Mrs Elizabeth Akouku, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Director of Education hinted that the office has received quantities of Veronica buckets, soaps, sanitizers, rolls of tissue papers and thermometer guns among others for use by the students as they return in preparation of their exit examination.
She, therefore, assured that all schools in the metropolis would receive all the protective materials expected to make the return of the final year students and the Gold Track Form two students safe and comfortable.