President Akufo-Addo has set up a special committee under the auspices of Senior Minister to coordinate the safe reopening of schools in Ghana.
Only final year students in schools across the country will be returning to school this month following a directive by the President.
This was disclosed by the Education Minister Matthew Opoku Prempeh during the disinfection of Tertiary Institutions in Accra, he said the government is committed to safety of students.
“This exercise will continue in private institutions as well. The President has set up a special team under the office of the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo with the Director-General of Ghana Health Service, Director General of Ghana Education Service, the Director-General of Military Logistics, Deputy Director-General of Police Welfare, the Ministry of Information and Ministry of Local Government to coordinate the distribution of logistics and ensure that schools reopen happens safely and secured.”
He also disclosed that the government is pushing for what it calls “Blended Learning” to ensure limited physical contacts in schools.
“We do know that this COVID-19 has brought the need to embrace ‘blended learning’ because we are getting into a new normal and it is imperative that the Universties and all educational institutions in Ghana adopt blended learning. Going forward I know the University of Ghana has already taken steps in this direction. They have several online platforms and have engaged a University in UK on that”.
Ghana’s universities and schools are to reopen on 15 June, 2020 to allow for final-year university, senior high and junior high school learners to resume classes which will lead to their respective exit examinations, this was announced by President Akufo-Addo.
Final-year university students are to report to their universities on 15 June, final-year senior high school students, together with senior high school 2 Gold Track students, on 22 June; and final-year junior high school students on 29 June.
As part of the directive, university lectures will take place with half of the students usually making up the full class size, final year junior high school classes will comprise a maximum of 30 students and senior high school classes a maximum of 25 students.