Management of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has directed the Ghana Education Service (GES) not to allow final year students of Second Cycle Institutions to go home for the Mid Semester break as announced by GES.
In a press statement issued by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said, they cited a recent communication to Regional Directors of Education granting permission to Headmasters/Headmistresses for Form 3 students to go on Mid Semester holidays.
The Ghana Health Service indicated that, they have recognizes the importance of occasional breaks from handwork in improving performance and this is important for students especially those in Form 3 as they prepare for their exams.
However, in the midst of the current outbreak of COVID-19, the mid-term
break may present a challenge to the already precarious situation of Covid-19 in schools and in the general population.
The Ghana Health Service added that, it may also present challenges to containing existing outbreaks in schools.
“Furtherance to our acknowledgement of the importance of midterm breaks to students, the Ghana Health Service wishes to recommend the following;”
1. The scheduled period for the midterm break be maintained as planned
2. The midterm break should be restricted to campus and boarding students must not be allowed to go home.
They believe that, these actions are necessary to prevent and control outbreaks in schools and in the general population.
The directive came following the surge in Covid-19 case from 1,982 to 2,858 in eight days across the country.
On 16th July, 2021, the Ghana Education Service has announced an emergency break for final year students in Senior High Schools and Technical Schools across the country.
The statement issued by Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh, Deputy Director-General in charge of Quality and Assessment has directed all Heads of Senior High Schools that all form 3 students are permitted to go on Mid Semester break from Tuesday July 20 to Sunday July 25, 2021.
According to the statement, the final year students are expected to report to school on Sunday, 25th July, 2021 for commencement of academic work on Monday July 26, 2021.
GES further said, students who do not wish to go home or find it difficult to go home should be allowed to remain in the school and Heads are to ensure that they are fed and follow all school rules.