GES Frequently Asked Questions on Re-opening of Schools in Ghana

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After 9 months of closure schools in , the Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed schools to re-open and begin their academic work again starting on Monday, 18 January 2021 and has addressed some frequently asked questions that were sometimes raised regarding the reopening of the schools.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has released the frequently asked questions on reopening of schools for KG, Primary JHS and SHS which was copied to shstrendz.com for the academic year. This comes after the meeting with the Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (COHBS).

Are our schools safe for kids under this COVID-19 pandemic? On the advice from the experts from the GHS, it is safe to allow students to go bock to school, learning from the experiences from the partial reopening of schools for 2nd and 3rd years of JHS and SHS.

When will the learners in KG, Primary and JHS report to school? KG to JHS will reopen on Monday, 18th January, 2021.

What measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of learners in schools under the COVID-19 pandemic? The government of Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) have undertaken the following measures to guarantee the safety of our learners and staff:
• Disinfection of all schools before reopening.
• Veronica buckets, soaps, hand sanitizers and tissue papers to be provided to all schools.
• Washable and reusable face masks to be provided for all staff and learners.
• Provision of thermometer guns for all schools.

Will the learners be promoted automatically? Learners will move to the next level but would finish their lessons from where they left off before they continue with the syllables of their current class. Eg. KG 1 pupils will move to KG 2 and KG 2 to Primary 1 in that order.

Why the need for semester calendar for JHS learners? The new Common Core Programme (CCP) will run continuously for four (4) years from JHS 1 to SHS 1. beginning the JHS calendar from the current trimester to a semester as being run by the SHS will ensure the seamless progression of students and make up for the lost time.

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Will KG and Primary Schools run semester system as well? No!
KG and Primary will continue with the current trimester system.

When will the SHS 1 students report to school? The SHS 1 together with SHS 2 Gold Track students will report on the 10th March, 2021.

Are Senior High Schools still going to be on Double Track? As promised earlier, the Double Track System was a temporary intervention awaiting facility improvements in our Senior High Schools. Accordingly, all SHS 3 and SHS 1 will now be together as a single track. Only SHS 2 students in existing double track schools will change to run the Double Track System.

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Are schools going to allow social gatherings? As the President directed, only school based religious gatherings are allowed in the schools. Even with that, schools are expected to avoid any kind of overcrowding during these
gathering, most morning assemblies are encouraged to be in the classroom setting so as to reduce overcrowding.

When will this year’s WASSCE and BECE be written? In consultation with the examination body, WAEC, WASSCE has been proposed for September/ October 2021 whereas BECE is proposed to be written in November 2021.

What are the preparations for children with special needs? Our children with special needs will not be left behind. Children with special need also need to return to school. Support them!!

Will pregnant girls go back to school? Yes! GES has a re-entry policy for pregnant school girls to continue their education from where they left off

How will schools handle suspected cases? Schools are mapped to health facilities. Learners with suspected cases would be treated by qualified nurses in these facilities, schools will work closely with Health Professionals.

How will schools handle suspected cases? Schools are mapped to health facilities. Learners with suspected cases would be treated by qualified nurses in these facilities, schools will work closely with Health Professionals.

GES School Reopening: Answers To Frequently Asked Questions And Guidelines

On the advice from the experts from the GHS, it is safe to allow students to go back to school, learning from the experiences from the partial reopening of schools for 2nd and 3rd years of JHS and SHS.

What measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of learners in schools under the COVID-19 pandemic?

The government of Ghana  in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ghana Education Services (GES) and Ghana Ghana Health Service (GHS) have undertaken the

The SHS 1 together with SHS 2 Gold Track students will report on the  10th March .

As promised earlier, the Double Track System was a temporary intervention awaiting facility improvements in our Senior High Schools.

Accordingly, all SHS 3 and SHS 1 will now be together as single track. Only SHS 2 students in existing double track schools will change to run the

As the President directed only schools based religious gatherings are allowed in the schools. Even with that, schools are expected to avoid any kind of overcrowding during these gathering most morning assemblies are encouraged to be in the classroom setting so as to reduce overcrowding.

Our children with special need will not be left behind. Children with special need also need to return to school. Support them!!

Yes! GES has a re-entry policy for pregnant school girls to continue their education from where they left off.

Schools are mapped to health facilities. Learners with suspected cases would be treated by qualified nurses in these facilities. Schools will work closely with Health professionals.

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KG and Lower Primary pupils will spend 4 hours in school, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Those in the Upper Primary, JHS and SHS, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Outcome Of COHBS Meeting With GES Management At The Headquarters.


1.Re opening of schools: schools all over the country will resume on 18/1/2021.

2.All covid-19 protocols must be observed in the schools.
3.Schools will be disinfected across the country.

4.Government will provide PPEs for schools.
5.All forms of gatherings in the schools and other activities will not be allowed in the schools.
6.JHS now will be converted to a semester system to be aligned with the SHS system.
7.KG1-P6 will continue with the trimester system.
8.Due to the huge loss in the pandemic, more time is needed to cover what was lost.
9.Pupils should be made to understand that we are not in normal times and should adjust and have the patience to move forward.
10.BECE will continue to be written by the current JHS 2 and JHS 3 until they are gone.
11.The system will be maintained as it is now until after three years before it will be reversed back to the normal year- September.

KG1 – P 6 will start classes from 8:00 am and close at 12:pm. Whilst JHS will close at their normal time before covid-19 ever came.
Teachers should ensure that all areas at the various levels lost are covered.

There shall not be a repetition of any pupil. All should be allowed to go to the next class.

Schools should admit pupils to KG 1 and JHS do the same for JHS 1.

My first day in school will be observed.

Teachers should use resource packs and prepare their lessons and should not depend on textbooks.

Teachers should make research before they teach and should not depend on textbooks.

Some protocols will be relaxed in connection with the sizes of classes.

Shift systems may have to be considered in some of the schools. Directors would be empowered to take care of events.

School managers should contact facilities like the churches, mosques, etc to allow them to send pupils into them for teaching and learning.

Food vendors on the campuses if allowed to sell should observe all health protocols and even present health certificates.

Printing of Exam questions by the MMDEs has come to stay.

The MMDEs should use the machines provided by Government judiciously. The money will not be given instead.

Teachers should not write directly to the Headquarters and should use the proper channels of communication.

Source: shstrendz.com

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