Govt eases educational restrictions with first phase of class expected to commence on June 15
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced the reopening of schools for final year students at all levels of education beginning on Monday, June 15, 2020.
According to him, after engagements with various teacher unions and stakeholders, the decision ensued was to ease educational restrictions to allow final-year students to go back to their various classrooms to adequately prepare for their final examinations.
Speaking in a televised address to the nation on measures taken by government to ease restrictions on Sunday in Accra, President Akufo-Addo indicated that all other levels of education would remain closed to students till further notice.
He explained that final year university students would resume classes on June 15 whiles Form three Senior High School (SHS) students as well as Form two SHS students on Gold Track would reopen on June 22, 2020.
“A week later (June, 29 ), Form three Junior High School (JHS) students will also return to school to prepare for their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE),” the President added.
In observing social distancing protocol in schools, he further directed school authorities to ensure that JHS three classes comprised a maximum of 30 students, while SHS classes a maximum of 25 students, and University lectures to take place with half of the class sizes.
“All final year students of educational and training institutions, which are
being managed by Ministries other than the Education Ministry, are to return to school on June 15 to complete their exit examinations,” Nana Akufo-Addo said.
He however encouraged managements and school authorities to disinfect and fumigate various educational facilities whiles each student, teacher, and non-teaching staff be provided with re-usable face masks by the Ministry of Education.
According to President Akufo-Addo the Ministry of Education would stock educational facilities with reusable nose masks to enable the students get protected from the deadly pandemic.
He also urged parents to prepare nutritious meals for their wards to boost their immune system to fight the novel coronavirus.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE