Re-opening of Schools: Gov’t to draw conclusions on December 30

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Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah

The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has disclosed that cabinet will meet on December 30, 2020 to decide whether or not schools should be reopened in January 2021.

Speaking at a Press Briefing in Accra, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah stated that even though most parents and students are yearning to know the exact date for reopening, effective measures must be put in place to make sure a second wave of the coronavirus disease does not hit the country.

”We know that parents are anxious rightly so. Many of us are parents but schools have to be opened in a careful manner so that we do not have a second wave of infection. The president is just about to take a final decision. He continues to gather both the reports and scenarios. By the 30th when the cabinet is done, a firm decision will be taken.” He said.

Schools have been closed since March 15, 2020, as part of the government’s measures to curtail the spread of the COVID-19.

The President in his 16th address announced the partial resumption of school for JHS 2 and SHS 2 students from October 5 to December 14, 2020, to complete their academic year.

“Junior High Schools operating with class sizes of 30, and Senior High Schools with class sizes of 25, SHS 2 and JHS 2 students will be in school for 10 weeks to study, and write their end of term examinations.

“SHS 2 students in boarding houses are to return to their various dormitories on 5th October, whilst day students, respecting fully the COVID-19 protocols, will commute from home to their respective schools on the same date,” he said.

He however indicated that nursery, KG, primary 6, JHS 1, and SHS 1 will, however, return to school in January 2021.

“The Ghana Education Service, after further consultations, has decided to postpone the remainder of the academic year for all nursery, kindergarten, primary, JHS 1 and SHS 1 students. The next academic year will resume in January 2021, with appropriate adjustments made to the curriculum to ensure that nothing is lost from the previous year. The relevant dispositions will also be made so that the presence, at the same time, in the school of all streams of students, can occur in safety,” he stated.

He subsequently postponed the reopening of tertiary schools in the country also to January 2021.

Story by: Kelly Adjetey Boye

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