Schools to reopen from Jan 15 says Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has announced Schools across the country will resume full academic work beginning 15 January.

The decision to reopen schools is due to the lessons drawn from the reopening of sections of the educational institutions last year.

President Akufo-Addo on 15 March 2020, announced the closure of all schools in the country beginning 16 March, along with a ban on public gatherings when Ghana confirmed her first two positive COVID-19 cases.

Addressing the nation in his 21st update on measures taken against the Coronavirus, the President said he is convinced the reopening of schools is now safe.

He said “The lessons drawn from the reopening of some sections of our educational institutions, in the course of last year, have put us in a much better position to oversee successfully the full reopening of our schools. Our children must go to school, albeit safely, and we are satisfied that, in the current circumstances, the re-opening of our schools is safe. 

 He added “So From 15th January, our children in kindergarten, primary and Junior High, in both private and public schools, will be back in school. All SHS 1 students will start classes from 10th March, with all students embarking on a single-track academic calendar.

He however stated that Senior High Schools will no longer run the double track system when students resume school from 18th January due to adequate infrastructure.

 The President said “SHS 2 and SHS 3 will, however, return to school from 18th January. I must stress that SHS 3 students in all schools, like SHS 1 students, will no longer run the double track system. The expansion of infrastructure at the various senior high schools, over the last three (3) years, has brought us to this favourable situation”.

 “However, the double track system will still be applicable to SHS 2 students in schools that are employing it. Students in universities and other tertiary institutions are to be in school from Saturday, 9th January”

Government said it will ensure all schools in the public and private sector are fumigated prior to resumption of academic work.

“Prior to their return to school, Government, through the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, will ensure that all institutions, public and private, are fumigated and disinfected. Schools and institutions, with their own hospitals and clinics, will be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment, and have isolation centres to deal with any positive cases.”

Meanwhile the President is assuring schools without clinics and hospitals have been mapped to health facilities.  

He said “All other school and institutions, without their own clinics and hospitals, have been mapped to health facilities. There will be, for now, no mass gatherings and no sporting activities. However, religious activities for students at school, under the new protocols, will be permitted.

 “Social distancing and the wearing of face masks must become the norm in our schools. The requisite provisions have been made to ensure that students at all levels of the education ladder receive the minimum number of contact hours upon their return to school.” the President added.

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