Coronavirus: Headteachers in Tamale ‘snub’ media for fear of GES victimization

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Correspondence from the Northern Region

Headteachers in various government schools in the Tamale Metropolis have refused to speak to the media on measures they are putting in place to fight the outbreak of coronavirus which has become a pandemic.

The reason for the hesitation, they noted was for fear of being queried by the Ghana Education Service (GES) over failure to secure permission first before attending to the media.

Some of the teachers who spoke to GhanaWeb averred that they have been warned by the GES not to share any information with the media without their notice irrespective f the tenacity of the issue with the claim that they may tarnish the image of the government in the process.

Out of four schools visited, three were government schools and the other, a private institution.

However, a teacher who wants to remain anonymous, during the visit to the schools, noted that the institution has since January 2020 sanitized the students on the deadly coronavirus and the need for all to practice personal hygiene.

Also, the school has made provision of water and soap for students to practice frequent handwashing while in school.

The teacher also hinted of plans to provide hand sanitizers for students to help in the fight against the pandemic.

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