On 31 May 2020, President Akufo-Addo announced the reopening of schools for final-year students beginning with universities.
At a meeting with vice-chancellors of public and private universities at Jubilee House in Accra, the president said the partial reopening of schools will be strategic in determining the government’s policy going forward.
“It is you and the level of the tertiary system who will give an example to the country. You are the apogee of the educational ladder and it only makes sense that you should be the ones to give a good example to the country. And if it succeeds and it works, then the country too will be reassured that we can begin to step up with some confidence to the future, that beckons, to all of us,” he said.
Schools in the country were ordered to shut down in a presidential directive on 15 March, in line with measures to stop the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)] in Ghana.
However, the president reopened schools for only final-year students so they can prepare for and sit their final examinations.
According to the Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, final-year senior high school students will be in school on Monday 22 June 2020, while final-year junior high school students will resume on Monday 29 June 2020.
Universities will also reopen for final-year students on 15 June 2020.
The president has also set up a special task force to ensure the safe reopening of schools for students who are returning to campus.
Among other duties, the task force will oversee the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and also ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19 safety protocols.
As of the morning of 14 June, Ghana’s COVID-19 cases stand at 11,118 with 48 deaths and 3,979 recoveries.
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