The Upsurge of COVID-19 Cases Amidst the Reopening of Schools in Ghana: The Role of Teachers as Frontline Workers
International Journal of Secondary Education
Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages: 93-99
Received: Aug. 3, 2020;
Accepted: Aug. 17, 2020;
Published: Aug. 25, 2020
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Eric Twum Ampofo, Department of Educational Studies, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Robert Ampomah, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Papa Kofi Amissah-Reynolds, Department of Science Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Samuel Ebo Owusu, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Michael Opoku-Manu, Department of Social Science, Catholic University College, Sunyani, Ghana
The novel coronavirus disease is a global pandemic and gradually teachers are beginning to find themselves on the frontline of educational delivery as lots of countries, including Ghana, ease up restrictions and reopen schools. The main aim of this article was to present evidence to validate teachers’ role as frontline workers amid rising cases of COVID-19. Also, we looked at the measures the government put in place prior to the reopening vis-a-vis their adequacy. Again, we examined reasons for the emerging increase in cases of COVID-19 infections among teachers and strategies to overcome this problem. So far, available evidence suggest that about 24% of teachers are being increasingly infected with the novel disease. Major factors accounting for COVID-19 infections among teachers include inadequate preparation before reopening of schools, a lack of understanding of the epidemiology of the disease, unavailability of PPEs, and psychological stress. We, therefore recommend that protection of students, teachers and non-teaching staff should be of topmost priority of the government through the education and training, provision of appropriate incentives, provision of PPEs and the requisite psychological support.
Eric Twum Ampofo,
Papa Kofi Amissah-Reynolds,
Samuel Ebo Owusu,
The Upsurge of COVID-19 Cases Amidst the Reopening of Schools in Ghana: The Role of Teachers as Frontline Workers, International Journal of Secondary Education.
Vol. 8, No. 3,
2020, pp. 93-99.
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