All pre-tertiary and tertiary schools were all closed down in an update that was given by the first Gentleman of the Land, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. This was due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
In relation to the above directive that was given by the president, schools were opened partially upon directive from the president.
This was to enable all final years of the various pre-tertiary and tertiary institutions in Ghana write their final exams. However, continuing students of various educational institutions adapted to the online system of learning.
A press statement cited by Listengh.net indicates that the Director-General of Ghana Education Service, Prof. Opoku Agyemang has laid down the fundamental principles that will ensure the safety of students, teaching and non-teaching staff to help stop the spread of this disease. He further reiterated that both JHS and SHS 2 must report to school on the 5th of October, 2020.
“As we prepare to reopen our schools for Phase II for SHS 2 and JSH 2 continuing students, I want to continue to assure all our community, (students, teachers, staff and parents) of our preparedness to support you. Our number one goal during these times continue to be your health and safety. Our philosophy for the phased reopening of our schools remains the same: to move from closures to a resilient education system by ‘Building Back Better’, supporting our students (SHS 2 and JHS 2) complete their 2019/20 academic year.
The guidelines and protocols continue to be there same. We have provided an additional section on vendors on school campus and ask that you pay attention to it. Please remember that your health and safety begin with you so always wear your facemask, wash your hands with soap under running water and maintain your social distance”. Welcome back and stay safe, the Director-General added.
“All junior high school 2 students who will be reporting to school next week;
shall be in school for a period of eleven (11) weeks and thereafter write their final examinations; Each class shall not have more than 30 students at any point in time; The necessary social distancing protocols shall be observed and enforced in all schools; Classes shall be from 9am to 1pm each day and there shall be no breaks for which students will be allowed to roam about on the compound; There shall be breaks in between lessons but these shall be observed in the classrooms. Meanwhile, selling of food on school compounds are still prohibited.
The press statement also adds that, “Students are permitted and allowed to visit and use washrooms but these should be regulated to ensure hygiene and prevent breach of the safety and social distancing protocols.
Parents are encouraged to provide snacks to their wards which we recommend should be more of fruits and other valuable immune boosting food items.
Visiting to the schools by non-staff and non-essential persons shall be restricted. Moreover, classrooms shall be reserved as isolation centres in case it becomes necessary for to isolate a student.
Fast forward, each school shall be mapped to a health facility to which all suspected cases shall be reported.
All staff and students shall be supplied with usable face masks which shall be worn at all times.
All school programme which bring students together like sports, cultural activities and assembles are frozen”, the Professor added.