The President on the evening of May 31, in his address to the state on the measures taken against COVID-19, partially eased restrictions on education.
In his address, Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that the easing of restrictions in the educational sector would be done in stages/levels. This means that not all students will be allowed to return to school immediately.
The first stage of partial restrictions in the educational sector affected JHS candidates, SHS candidates and SHS 2s on the gold track. Final year university student will also be allowed to return to school to prepare for their exams.
The final year university students are to report to school on June 15. SHS candidates and SHS 2 students on the gold track are also expected to report to school on 22nd June. BECE candidates will also report to school on June 29.
Nana Akufo-Addo emphasized the need to strictly follow the outlined protocols before schools finally resume. He directed SHS candidates to have a class size of 25. JHS 3 class should also have a maximum of 30 students with appropriate spacing. Universities, according to the President should have lectures for half the class size.
Education Minister Gives Further Directives
The Education Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh on June 2, gave further clarifications on the President’s earlier speech on Sunday.
1. All day students in boarding schools will be accepted as boarders
2. Classes will begin at 9:00 a m and end at 1:00p.m
3. Government will fumigate schools before resumption
4. Mass gatherings such as assembly and religious activities will not be conducted
5. Visitors will not be accepted, especially in the boarding schools.
6. Dinning activities in the boarding schools will be done in batches
7. GHS will link with GES to support schools.
8. Foreign students will be given the authorization to return but will be quarantined for weeks.
9. All students will be provided with face mask.