Some Physical Education (PE) teachers in the senior high schools have called on the government to allow both basic and senior high schools in the country to engage in sporting activities. The teachers appealed to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education and some key stakeholders like GUSA, and National Sports Authority through to the President to lift the ban on sports organized in schools.
According to the concerned PE teachers, when the ban is lifted, it will enable their students exhibit their talents and help the country to select the best athletes for the impending Africa Games in 2023 which will be hosted by Ghana.
Their appeal follows the President’s directive to allow the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to open the Stadia at a 25% seating capacity for the Premier League, whereas the National Division One League opened without no spectators due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Schools were closed down for nine months when Ghana recorded Covid-19 cases in February 2021. As part of the preventive measures, social gathering, including sporting activities, was banned nationwide. The effect was that schools could not prepare students for Independence Day celebration, inter-schools sporting activities, inter — schools cultural activities, reduction in instructional hours many more.
Although the outbreak of Covid-19 in Ghana brought many challenges to the government, he was praised by many Ghanaians for showing good leadership: The most praised about was his regular updates on Covid-19 which many have named it “fellow Ghanaians”.
Fast-forward, schools were opened, and instructional hours restored but the ban on co-curricular activities in both private and public schools is still in full force,, although Ghana’s Covid-19 cases currently is better off than last year.
I think this is the right time for schools to be allowed to organise sporting activities, considering the safety measures that the government has implemented. For example, there is an ongoing nationwide Covid-19 vaccination and the mandatory Covid-19 testing at the airports. Currently, Ghana’s Covid-19 active cases is 2,696 as of October 3,2021.