In the midst of the deadly novel Coronavirus pandemic, the president of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his Sunday’s address on 31st May, 2020, has ordered for the reopening of Second Cycle Institutions among other educational institutions across the country.
According to the President, final year senior high school (SHS 3) students are to resume school on 22nd June, 2020 to prepare for their West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
In addition, all form two Senior High Schools (SHS 2) Gold Track students will also resume school together with the final year WASSCE candidates.
In order to effectively observe the social distancing protocols, President Akufo-Addo announced that, Senior High Schools shall have a class size of a maximum of
twenty-five (25) students per a class.
Meanwhile, final year students of universities and other tertiary institutions are expected to resume on 15th June, 2020. University lectures will take place with half the class sizes.
According to the President, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teacher Unions on 26th May, 2020 at the Jubilee House. Nana Akufo-Addo praised Teacher Unions for their co-operation, to reopen 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.
To effectively combat the virus and to provide a more safety environment, the president assures that, all schools shall be fumigated and disinfected ahead of reopening of schools by the Ministry of Education, and the heads of public and private educational institutions
Also, reusable face masks will be provided to each student, teacher, and non-teaching staff by the Ministry of Education.
Finally, for the avoidance of doubt, all other educational facilities, private and public, for non-final year students, will remain closed.