Schools in the Western Region of Ghana are preparing for the full reopening of schools after almost a year of closure due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
Some private and public schools have already begun the cleaning of windows, doors, school compounds, weeding of overgrown areas, and mounting of handwashing stations as well as posting of handwashing picture materials at vantage points for mass education.
Western Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service, Mrs. Catherine Biney stated that Region is ready to commence the 2020/2021 academic year.
“We already, have leftovers of PPE from the partial reopening and we are also entreating parents to provide the necessary protection for their wards as school reopens”, she added.
Mrs. Biney stated that schools could not be halted forever, hence, the need for stakeholders to work together to ensure that children returned to school but in a very safe environment.
Already, Zoomlion Ghana Limited has been contracted to fumigate all schools to rid the school environment of any viruses.
She encouraged parents to constantly remind their wards of the disease, support them with the needed protective gadgets to ensure maximum safety.
Reopening of schools
President Nana Akufo Addo in his 21st update to the Nation on measures taken against the spread of COVID-19 directed all basic school students from Kindergarten (KG) to Junior High School (JHS) to resume their classroom activities from Friday, January 15, 2021.
Continuing Senior High School (SHS) students will go back to school on January 18, 2021, while first-year SHS students are expected to begin school on March 10, 2021.
Tertiary students were to return to lecture halls from Saturday, January 9, 2021.
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