President Akufo-Addo has expressed a belief that his first batch of students, the Akufo-Addo graduate under the Free Senior High school policy will pass the 2020 WASSCE for school candidates with flying colours.
The President again said the government has absorbed the WASSCE examination fees of the three hundred and thirteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty-seven (313,837) SHS 3 students who will sit for the exam.
According to him, it will cost the Government of Ghana (GoG) GH¢75.4 million on the absorption of fees. Through the National Food and Buffer Stock Company, enough food supplies have been distributed to all schools.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo made these comments in a televised nation’s address monitored by Georgeweb.org delivering on measures put in place by the Government of Ghana to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus as final year students and form 2 Gold track students reopens school Monday, June 22.
As part of measures to protect the students as school reopens, the President indicated that all the 1,167 senior High Schools in the country have been fumigated and disinfected.
He added that Each student, teaching and non-teaching staff, invigilator, and school administrator, numbering some eight hundred thousand (800,000), will be provided with 3 pieces of reusable face masks, i.e. two (2) being provided tomorrow, and the third within a fortnight.
He, however, entreated parents to provide their wards and children with at least one face covering on their way to school.
Moreover, he said that a total of 18,000 Veronica Buckets, 800,000 pieces of two hundred milliliter sanitizers, 36,000) rolls of tissue paper, 36,000 gallons of liquid soap, and 7,200 thermometer guns have been distributed to various schools across the country.
To ensure social distancing in schools, he said a maximum of twenty-five students will be permitted in each class, adding that 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.
Commenting on measures for the dining halls, Akufo-Addo said “eating in dining halls will be inappropriate numbers; and no visitors to the schools will be allowed”.
He added that 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 our schools.
His Excellency stated that the SHS final year students will be in school for a total of 6 weeks, before sitting for the WASSCE exams over a period of 2 weeks.
Also the 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 6 weeks, before going on vacation.
With all these measures put in place, the President says he is of confidence that the 2020 WASSCE candidates after the results are out will pass as expected.