President Akufo-Addo Announces Re-opening of Schools for Final Year Students in Ghana

Mr. President

President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that final year students in all schools across the country can report to school to prepare for their exit examinations.

Delivering his 10th national address on Sunday, May 31, 2020, the President instructed that continuing students, namely first and second year students are however exempted from this latest directive.

Prior to the announcement, the Office of the Presidency held several stakeholder meetings with the teacher unions to discuss proposals on safety protocols that should be enforced to ensure that there is no further spread once students are allowed to report back to the classroom.

Schools are meanwhile cautioned to observe and adhere to all the precautionary measures especially maintaining all-round one (1) meter distance in a decongested classroom, providing good water and sanitation facilities, making Veronica buckets and sanitizers available, among others.

The reopening of schools for mainly final year students will be a pilot test to determine further reopening of mainstream educational and classroom activities.

President Akufo-Addo earlier announced closure of all public and private educational institutions in Ghana with effect from Monday, March 16, 2020 as part of plans to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

In the recent weeks, there had been raging debates in the media on whether or not the restriction on schools should eased.

This lead to a division amongst the teacher unions as diverse views were being argued on the subject matter.

The announcement of the reopening of schools for final year students is expected to be received with varying concerns by the public.

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