Taskforce formed to ensure safe re-opening of schools – Education Ministry
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh - Minister for Education
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has set up a special task force to ensure the safe re-opening of schools for final year students.
The task force, among other responsibilities, will oversee the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and also ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19 safety protocols.
Minister in charge of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, who made the announcement said this is to ensure a safe academic environment.
“The President has set up a special team under the office of the Senior Minister with the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, the Director-General of Military Logistics, the Deputy Director-General of Police welfare, the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Local Government to coordinate with the distribution of logistics and ensure that schools reopening happen safely and securely.”
“We do know that COVID-19 has brought to bear the need to embrace blended learning because we are getting into a new normal and it is imperative that the universities and all Ghana Educational Institutions adopt blended learning.”
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, schools were ordered to shut down in March 2020 as part of measures to limit further spread of the coronavirus.
Subsequently, the President on May 31, 2020, gave a directive for schools to be reopened for only final year students to prepare and take their final examinations.
Final year SHS students are expected to be in school on Monday, June 22, 2020, while JHS final year students resume on Monday, June 29, 2020. Universities will also reopen for final year students on June 15, 2020.
Ahead of this, the Ministry of Education has issued some guidelines for the reopening of schools.
Guidelines for Junior High Schools
- Re-opening on Monday, June 29, 2020
- Final Year Students (JHS 3) only
- Eleven Weeks of Academic work and then one week for BECE
- All classes to be split – No more than 30 students in a class
- Classes will be from 9 am to 1 pm each day (Reduced School Day)
- No breaks outside the classroom
- Schools will have enhanced daily health protocols
- Schools will be unavailable for religious activities
- No sports or sporting events
Guidelines for Senior High Schools
- Re-opening on Monday, June 22, 2020
- Final year students (SHS 3) and SHS 2 Gold Track only
- Six weeks of academic work then five weeks for WASSCE
- All classes to be split – No more than 25 students in a class
- All-day students in Boarding Schools will be in boarding
- Day schools will have enhanced daily health protocols
- Dining will be in batches in boarding schools
- No visitors allowed
- Schools are unavailable for religious activities
- No sports and sporting events
Guidelines for Tertiary institutions
- Re-opening on Monday, June 15, 2020
- Final year students only
- Six weeks of academic work and four weeks for exams
- Split all classes
- Private tertiary institutions are to provide to NCTE
- Number of Staff
- Number of Final Year Students
- All Non-MoE educational institutions are also expected to re-open on Monday, June 15, 2020
- Foreign Students who are outside the country and are identified will be allowed to return granted their country will allow them to exit.