His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo has assured parents the safety of their wards as schools reopen today Monday, June 22, adding that the government will not make a decision that will put the student’s lives at risk.
President Akufo-Addo in his 12th televised nation’s address said his government is dedicated to protect the lives of the final year students and form 2 Gold track students who will report to school Monday, June 22 to complete their academic activities.
“I take this opportunity to assure all parents and guardians 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.
“All 1,167 Senior High Schools in the country have been fumigated and disinfected. Each student, teaching and non-teaching staff, invigilator and school administrator, numbering some 800,000, will be provided with three pieces of reusable face masks, i.e. two being provided tomorrow, and the third within a fortnight,” he assured parents.
Despite the government’s effort to equip students with 3 washable reusable face masks, Akufo-Addo entreated parents to provide their wards with at least one face covering on their way to school to protect them from contracting the virus.
“A total of 18,000 Veronica Buckets, 800,000 pieces of 200ml sanitizers, 36,000 rolls of tissue paper, 36,000 gallons of liquid soap, and 7,200 thermometer guns have been distributed,” he added.
Akufo-Addo indicated that SHS 3 students will be in school for a total of six weeks, before sitting for the WASSCE exams over a period of two weeks.
“SHS 2 Gold Track students, who are returning to complete their first semester like their Green Track colleagues have done, will be in school for six weeks, before going on vacation, he added.
“A maximum of 25 students will be permitted in each class. All-day students in schools with boarding houses will be resident in these boarding houses, whilst day students, in schools without boarding facilities, will commute from home, and will be required to adhere to enhanced hygiene protocols; eating in dining halls will be inappropriate numbers; and no visitors to the schools will be allowed”.
“There will be no mass gatherings and no sporting activities. Religious activities, under the new protocols, will be permitted. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks are mandatory in all schools”.
“One dormitory block in each senior high school is to be used as an isolation centre to save lives, in the event of a student falling sick”.
“Again, each SHS has been mapped to a health facility, and care will be provided to the sick by nurses assigned to these schools”.
“Through the National Food and Buffer Stock Company, enough food supplies have been distributed to all schools”.
“The government is also making available 350 buses and 840 pickup vehicles to senior high schools that did not receive vehicles in 2016”.