President Akufo-Addo has in his 12th televised nation’s address announced for schools to reopen to Akufo-Addo graduates and form 2 Gold Track students in various Senior high schools across the country tomorrow Monday, June 22, 2020.
Akufo-Addo explained that the partial reopening of school for Akufo-Addo graduates is to enable them to spend six weeks in school and proceed to sit for the forthcoming 2020 Ghana Exam within two weeks.
He added that the Gold track students expected to spend six weeks in school are to resume to complete the first term of the academic year after which they will go on vacation.
As part of measures to ensure a safe reopening of school, Akufo-Addo said students, teachers, invigilators, and non-teaching staff numbering about 8,000 would be equipped with 3 washable reusable face masks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
He however urged parents and guardians to provide 1 face mask to their children when returning to school tomorrow Monday June 22, 2020 to support the fight against the novel coronavirus.
The President directed for each classroom to contain a minimum of 25 students with strict observance to the social/physical distance protocols.
Additionally, Akufo-Addo stated that Senior high schools with boarding facilities are to admit form 3 day students as boarders to limit a possible spread of the virus.
On the part of Senior high schools that have no boarding facilities, he said students will come to school as usual but with measures to ensure they are safe before, during, and after school.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo said there will be no sporting activities and visiting, adding that the wearing of face masks is compulsory for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff”.
He further disclosed that a total of 1,167 Senior High schools across the country had been fumigated and disinfected by the waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited to ensure maximum safety in schools.
Following the permission for schools to reopen tomorrow Monday, June 22, the Akufo-Addo assured that the “government is determined to protect the lives of the 800,000 students, teachers, and non-teaching staff, who will be returning to school from tomorrow. I will be the last person to put the lives of the ‘Akufo-Addo graduates’ at risk.”