Schools shutdown, GES orders JHS, SHS final-year students to go home

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has ordered the shutdown of basic and second-cycle schools students beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.

The directive follows concerns raised by some teacher unions over the recent suspension of the 2020 edition of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

WAEC in a statement yesterday, March 20, 2020, announced that it had “put on hold” the 2020 WASSCE due to rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Ghana Education Service (GES) in a statement issued on Friday, March 20, 2020, said the Service has after stakeholder consultations, settled on allowing the students to put their classes on hold.

“Management of GES after consultations with the relevant bodies hereby directs that all final year students in the Senior High Schools should be allowed to go home immediately, until further notice.”

Background

President Nana Akufo-Addo after the six confirmed cases directed that the final year students should stay in school as they prepare to write the BECE and the WASSCE as the schools close down for a month but the teachers said the continuous stay in school for these students will put the lives of both teachers and students at risk.