The Minister for Information, Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has disclosed that the tertiary final year students, lecturers, and non-teaching staff will be equipped with 3 reusable face masks on Monday, June 15, 2020, as part of measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in schools.
The Member of parliament for the Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency in a short press briefing monitored by Georgeweb.org at the air force base in Accra said the distribution of the COVID-19 are part of Akufo-Addo’s efforts to ensure the first phase of the reopening of schools for final year students is done smoothly.
President Akufo-Addo in his 10th televised nation’s address announced for schools to be reopened to only final year students in the country for them to complete the 2019/2020 academic year and proceed to write their exit examination.
Akufo-Addo in his address said the partial reopening of schools will start from the tertiary level on Monday, June 15, 2020. A total of 234 tertiary institutions are expected to reopen the school as they benefit from the first batch of the COVID-19 logistics.
The government spokesperson in his briefing 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.
“The government has made an allowance of about 10% extra and also included some non-teaching staff so collectively were expecting about 200,000 persons to benefit the governments COVID-19 logistics,” He said
The Information Minister furthered that each student, lecturer, or non-teaching staff will be given 3 reusable face masks.
In all about 600,000 units of face masks, over 1,700 veronica buckets, over 200,000 200 ml units of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, over 3, 400 packets of soap, another 3,400 packets of tissue papers and about 9,000 COVID-19 testing thermometer guns are to be shared among the 134 tertiary schools nationwide.
Commenting on how the logistics will be shared, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said “the logistics will be distributed to the respective regional capitals so that the district directors can pick them from the regional capitals and ensure that the schools have these logistics before the reopening of schools”.