The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 11th televised nation’s address has insisted that schools reopen on Monday, June 15, 2020, for the final year students in the tertiary institutions despite the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.
President Akufo-Addo in his address assured that adequate measures has been put in place to ensure the safety of students, lecturers and non-teaching staff ahead of Monday June 15 school reopening.
Akufo-Addo noted that the Government of Ghana (GoG) has made available about 600,000 face/nose masks to be distributed among 234 recognized tertiary schools across the country.
According to him, each student, lecturer, and non -teaching staff will be equipped with 3 washable reusable face/nose masks to prevent the possibility of contracting the virus on campus.
Additionally, a total of 1,700 veronica buckets, 3,400 liquid soaps, 200,000 200 ml units of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, 3,400 packets of tissue papers, and about 9,000 COVID-19 testing thermometer guns will also be shared among the tertiary institutions as part of measures to slow the spread of the novel disease.
Collectively about 200,000 persons are expected to report to schools on Monday to benefit from the government’s COVID-19 logistics.
The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in a press briefing yesterday monitored by Georgeweb.org estimated that about 44,000 members of staff and 128,000 final year students in tertiary institutions across the country will benefit from the logistics.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah explained that the provision of the logistics is to ensure that the first phase of the Monday reopening of schools for final year students is done smoothly as safety is upheld in schools.
The President urged students, lecturers, and non-teaching staff to mandatory wear face masks, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer and practice regular hand washing with some under running water activity.