Parents shop for kids as schools reopen

BY: Lydia Essel-Mensah
 A school girl (arrowed) trying a shoe on while other students look around to see if they will get something of their choice.

Students and pupils of basic schools in the country reported to school on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Prior to their reporting to school, their parents had to rush to the central business districts to buy uniforms, shoes and educational materials for their children.

Many parents and guardians were seen in shops that sell uniforms, school sandals and stationery with the hope of buying the needed items for their children and wards.

Since children have been out of school for over nine months due to the outbreak of  the COVID-19 pandemic, some of them have grown out of their uniforms and shoes, while others needed new exercise books, bags, pens and pencils, for their school work.   

A visit to the Kaneshie Market and Accra Central revealed that some parents had come to buy educational materials at the shops for their children.


A parent bargaining for a school uniform for her son.

Mr Nathaniel Nii Lomotey Tetteh, the Assembly Member for Manhean Electoral Area in the Greater Accra Region, who was spotted shopping at the Kaneshie Market, said he was at the market to buy footwear, school bag and underwear for his children because they had gained weight.

“Nothing fits my children now. I’m buying new things for them because what they used to wear to school looks very small on them now,’’ he remarked.

Madam Mary Sam who was seen at Accra Central with her son said she was there to buy shoes for him.

Asked why she took the risk of bringing her son to the market in the wake of the COVID-19, she responded that she was not good at measuring the feet with broom stick as our old people used to do.

Auntie Abigail, a dealer in children’s footwear, school uniforms and materials at the Kaneshie Market disclosed that business had picked up since the President’s announcement on the re-opening of schools.