The President of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his nationwide update on measures taken against the spread of the pandemic, highlighted the date of resumption among the various levels of schools/institutions.
Speaking at the Flagstaff House, He indicated that tertiary institutions reopen on Saturday 9th January 2021 while all basic schools from Kindergarten (KG) to Junior High School (JHS) across the country will reopen on 15th January 2021. Kindergarten, Primary and JHS pupils both public and private will be in school on 15 January 2021, he added.
He additionally added that Senior High School (SHS1) students will no longer practice a double-track system when schools resume on 10th March 2021. However, SHS 2 and are expected to go back to school on the 18th of January, 2021. Meanwhile, SHS 2 students in schools with double-track employed will continue as such according to the president.
“I must stress that SHS 3 students in all schools, like SHS1 students will no longer run the double-track system. The expansion of infrastructure at the various senior high schools, over the last three years, has brought us to this favourable situation. Thank God there won’t be a double-track system for the new SHS 1 students and SHS 3 students but only SHS 2 students will still do double track until they end this academic year”, he stated”, he stated.
However, he stressed the need to enhance safety protocols in various schools hence the need for the government to commit to making provisions for that. He assured that the government through the Ministry of Education (MOE)will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for teachers and students before school resumes.
“The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of information, the Ghana Education Service(GES), and the Ministry of Health (MoH) will on Monday 4th January commence series of sensitization campaigns to help prepare, inform and educate guardians, students, and the public on further modalities associated with the reopening”, he reiterated.
He however assured all parents and guardians to keep calm as the safety of their children will be his highest priority.