Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana, has on Sunday, 15th March, 2020 during his initial address directed for the closure of all schools across the country. He later extended that restrictions to May ending.
The president, after a meeting with Teacher Unions and other stakeholders in education on 26th May, 2020 at the Jubilee House, has, during his 10th address to the nation on measures taken against the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, announced that, “from Monday, 15th June, 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teacher Unions, whose co-operation he salute, to re-open schools and universities to allow for final year junior high, senior high and university students to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.
Giving a detailed breakdown, the president said, “final year university students are to
report to their universities on 15th June; final year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on 22nd June; and final year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June. JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students; and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes.” He explained.
President Akufo-Addo has added that, “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 15th June to complete their exit examinations.” He clarified.
“Again, prior to the opening of schools and universities, the Ministry of Education, and the heads of public and private educational institutions, will fumigate and disinfect their institutions. Each student, teacher, and non-teaching staff will be provided with re-usable face masks by the Ministry of Education. For the avoidance of doubt, all other educational facilities, private and public, for non-final year students, will remain closed. The Minister for Education, in the coming days, will outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our schools and universities.” He further explained.
Teacher Unions outlined terms and conditions under which GES can reopen schools