President Akufo-Addo will today, Wednesday, December 30, 2020, meet his cabinet to make a final decision on the possible reopening of schools in January 2021
This is according to the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
In a Twitter post on Thursday, December 29, he explained that the meeting was to “examine the proposals for assuring the safety of our children, should schools reopen.”
The Minister assured that the government’s decision on the matter will be in the ‘best interest of the country’ amidst the rise in Covid-19 cases.
These decisions are not made lightly. But so far all his covid management decisions have been spot on. Fingers crossed, he will make the best decision in the interest of our children and our schools.
— Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (@konkrumah) December 29, 2020
Closure of schools
Schools have been closed since March 15, 2020, as part of the government’s measures to curtail the spread of the COVID-19.
The President, in his 16th address, announced the partial resumption of school for JHS 2 and SHS 2 students from October 5 to December 14, 2020, to complete their academic year.
“Junior High Schools operating with class sizes of 30, and Senior High Schools with class sizes of 25, SHS 2 and JHS 2 students will be in school for 10 weeks to study, and write their end of term examinations.
“SHS 2 students in boarding houses are to return to their various dormitories on 5th October, whilst day students, respecting fully the COVID-19 protocols, will commute from home to their respective schools on the same date,” he said.
He, however, indicated that nursery, KG, primary 6, JHS 1, and SHS 1 will, however, return to school in January 2021.
“The Ghana Education Service, after further consultations, has decided to postpone the remainder of the academic year for all nursery, kindergarten, primary, JHS 1 and SHS 1 students. The next academic year will resume in January 2021, with appropriate adjustments made to the curriculum to ensure that nothing is lost from the previous year. The relevant dispositions will also be made so that the presence, at the same time, in the school of all streams of students, can occur in safety,” he stated.
Tertiary institutions across the country have already released their academic calendar for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com