Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana has finally announced the reopening date for schools in the country.
This announcement was made in the President’s 21st address to the Nation, last night, Sunday, January 3, 2021, as he spoke on the measures taken on the spread of the deadly Coronavirus Pandemic.
About two days ago, we published a story regarding the reopening of schools in the country and a source revealed that the reopening of schools in the country will be happening mid-January, adding that it could be any date from 12th to 19th January.
Reopening Date For Schools
President Akufo-Addo said that the Government in consultation with the appropriate stakeholders will continue to pursue a strategic, controlled, progressive, safe easing of restrictions, in all public and private basic schools, junior high, senior high, and tertiary institutions across the country, beginning this month of January.
Creche to JHS: According to him, all children in Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior High Schools (JHS), in both private and public schools, will be back returning to school to continue their academic works on 15th January, 2021.
SHS 1 Students: He Added that all fresh SHS 1 students will be going to school starting from 10th March 2021, with all students embarking on a single-track academic calendar.
SHS 2 & 3 Students: SHS 2 and SHS 3 will, however, return to school from 18th January. He added that SHS 3 students in all schools, like SHS 1 students, will no longer run the double-track system (Straight forward, no more traffic light).
“The expansion of infrastructure at the various senior high schools, over the last three (3) years, has brought us to this favorable situation. However, the double-track system will still be applicable to SHS 2 students in schools that are employing it” – he stressed.
University Students: Nana Addo said in his speech that all Students in universities and other tertiary institutions are to be in school from Saturday, 9th January.
The president added by saying that prior to the reopening of schools in the country, Government, through the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, will ensure that all institutions, public and private, are fumigated and disinfected.
“Schools and institutions, with their own hospitals and clinics, will be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment, and have isolation centres to deal with any positive cases.
“All other schools and institutions, without their own clinics and hospitals, have been mapped to health facilities. There will be, for now, no mass gatherings and no sporting activities.
“However, religious activities for students at school, under the new protocols, will be permitted. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks must become the norm in our schools.
“The requisite provisions have been made to ensure that students at all levels of the education ladder receive the minimum number of contact hours upon their return to school.” Read His Full Text Here.