Education Minister inaugurates committee on reopening of pre-tertiary schools

Education Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh
Education Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh

The Education Minister Honourable Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has formed a 10-member committee towards the reopening of basic and second cycle institutions in Ghana.

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The committee set up by the Sector Minister on Wednesday, 19th August, 2020 in Accra is to deliberate and advise the government through the Ministry of Education on modalities for the reopening of pre-tertiary schools across the country.


During President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s median address to the nation on measures taken to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, he has directed for the closure of all schools in the country on 15th March, 2020.

The president is his subsequent address has redirected for reopening of schools for final year students in order to write their exit examination effective Monday, 29th June, 2020.

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In the president’s 15th telecast updates on Covid-19, he redirected continuing students in the tertiary institutions to return to school on 24th August, 2020 to complete their academic activities.

In order for all schools to reopen for effective academic work, President Akufo-Addo has directed the Education Minister to facilitate processes by engaging all relevant stakeholders to reopen pre-tertiary schools across the country.


Following the president’s instruction, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has immediately constituted a steering committee to discuss the possible reopening of schools.

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In a press statement issued by the press secretary to the Education Minister, Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng indicates that, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh charged the committee to bring their expertise and experience to bear in ensuring consultation with all stakeholders on the way forward on all relevant issues.

According to the statement intercepted by, the committee is expected be chaired by Prof. Dorninic Fobih, a former Minister of Education and currently the chairman of the GETFund Board of Trustees.

The committee comprises representatives from the the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, UNICEF, Private School Sector and Parents.

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In reference to the release, the 10-member committee is expected to report to the Education Minister on Monday 21st September, 2020 on its recommendations.

Find attached, copy of the press statement. 



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