President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that schools will reopen on 15th January during his address to the nation on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
The president in his 21st address to the nation on measures taken against spread of coronavirus said the government has learnt some lessons from the reopening of some schools last year and is confident that students are safe to return to school.
“The lessons drawn from the reopening of some sections of our educational institutions in the course of last year has put us in a much better position oversees successfully the full reopening of our schools. Our children must go to school and we are satisfied that in the current circumstances, the reopening of our schools is safe” he said.
Mr. Akufo-Addo said “From 15th January our children in kindergarten, primary and junior high in both private and public schools will be back in school. “All SHS one students will start classes from 10th March, their seniors in SHS two and SHS three will however return to school from 18th January”.
According to the president, SHS three and two students will no longer run the double track system. “I must stress that SHS three students in all schools like SHS one students will no longer run the double track system” he said. He added, “the expansion of infrastructure at the various Senior High Schools over the last three years has brought us to this favorable situation. However, the double track system will still be applicable to SHS two students in schools that are imploring it”.
University students and other tertiary institutions will be in school from Saturday, January 9, 2020 according to president Akufo-Addo.
“Prior to their return to school, government through the Ministry of Ghana Education Service will ensure that all institutions, public and private are fumigated and disinfected. Schools with their own hospitals and clinics will be equipped with the necessary 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 mouthed to health facilities” he said.
The president said there will be no mass gatherings and sporting activities for now, however religious activities for students and schools under the new protocols will be permitted. “Social distancing and the wearing of face masks must become the norm in our schools”.
President Akufo-Addo said the requisite provisions have been made to ensure that students at all levels of their education ladder receive a minimum number of contact hours upon their return to school.
Government will provide face masks, veronica buckets, hand sanitizers, liquid soaps, rolls of tissue paper and thermometer guns for the safe reopening of the schools.
“Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service will from Monday 4th January commence a series of sensitization campaigns to help prepare, inform and educate guardians, students and the public on further modalities associated with the reopening” he said.