President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that final year students in public and private educational institutions across the country can report to school from June 15, 2020 to prepare for their exit examinations.
In his tenth national address on Sunday, May 31, 2020, the President indicated that all final year students of educational and training institutions which are being managed by Ministries other than the Education Ministry can also return to school on June 15, 2020.
He explained that final year university students are to report to their universities on June 15, but for SHS 3 and SHS 2 Gold Track students, they will report on June 22, and JHS 3 students on June 29.
He however emphasized that “JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students; and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes.”
“Again, prior to the opening of schools and universities, the Ministry of Education, and the heads of public and private educational institutions, will fumigate and disinfect their institutions. Each student, teacher, and non- teaching staff will be provided with re-usable face masks by the Ministry of Education.”
Meanwhile, all other educational facilities, private and public, for non-final year students, will remain closed until further notice.
“The Minister for Education, in the coming days, will outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our schools and universities,” President Akufo-Addo added.
Prior to the announcement, the President held several stakeholder engagements with the teacher unions to discuss how the safety protocols could be enforced to ensure that there is no further spread when schools resume.
Schools are meanwhile cautioned to adhere strictly to all the preventive measures especially maintaining all-round one (1) meter distance in a decongested classroom, providing good water and sanitation facilities, making Veronica buckets and sanitizers available, among others.
The reopening of schools for mainly final year students will be a pilot test to determine further reopening of mainstream educational and classroom activities.
President Akufo-Addo earlier announced closure of all public and private educational institutions in Ghana with effect from Monday, March 16, 2020 as part of plans to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
In the recent weeks, there had been raging debates in the media on whether or not the restriction on schools should eased.
This lead to a division amongst the teacher unions as diverse views were being argued on the subject matter.
The announcement of the reopening of schools for final year students is expected to be received with varying concerns by the public.
Story by: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com