President Akufo-Addo has announced the resumption of school for second-year students of Junior and Senior High Schools across the country on October 5, 2020.
According to him, the move forms part of efforts to ensure that they complete their academic work as government works towards the easing of restriction in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus.
He made these comments during his 16th address to the nation on measures taken to curb the virus’ spread on August 30.
The students are expected to complete their academic work on December 14, 2020, the President said amid strict adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols.
“With Junior High Schools operating with class sizes of 30, and Senior High Schools with class sizes of 25, SHS 2 and JHS 2 students will be in school for 10 weeks to study, and write their end of term examinations,” he said.
This decision was reached by the Ghana Education Service (GES) after consultation with stakeholders in the sector.
He further explained that students in the boarding houses will return on October 5 while day students “will commute from home to their respective schools on the same date.”
“SHS 2 students in boarding houses are to return to their various dormitories on 5 October, whilst day students, respecting fully the Covid-19 protocols, will commute from home to their respective schools on the same date,” President Akufo-Addo explained on Sunday.
The schools will undergo fumigation and disinfection ahead of the implementation of the directive.
All students, teaching and non-teaching staff, will be furnished with reusable face masks.
“Each school will be provided with Veronica Buckets, gallons of liquid soap, rolls or tissue paper, thermometer guns, and 200 mils containers of sanitizers.
Meanwhile, “JHS 2 students will be given one hot meal a day.”