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Schools and universities reopen for final year students from 15th June – Prez

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that schools and universities will reopen from 15th June 2020 for final year students to commence their final year examinations.

The President said this while addressing the nation on the new measures and directives government has put in place to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

He noted that stringent measures such as social distancing, not more than half the full class size, placing Veronica buckets at vantage points among others will be enabled to help make the fight a smooth one while everyone is back to their normal routine.

“from Monday 15th June 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teachers Unions, whose co-operation I salute, 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 examination. Indeed final year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June; final year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students on 22nd June; and final year Junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June. JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five students, and university lectures will take place with half the class sizes”…he said

The president also highlighted the measures churches will be undertaking while they also resume activities. He mentioned that not more than  125 persons are to be allowed in and also observe the social distancing, safety measures and directives put in place to help reduce the spread of the virus.

However, Muslims and other religious activities are also to practice the safety measures that will be outlined to help contain the pandemic while they go back to their normal activities.

Way Forward

The president also noted that Ghanaian’s stuck abroad will be brought back home and will be put under the mandatory quarantine program to enable them to test and treat them once they arrive. He said the government is committed to the course and called on every Ghanaian to help in the fight to be able to get rid of  COVID-19.

However, the president stated that the border closure has been extended to 31st July 2020

BACKGROUND

The president of Ghana on 10th May 2020, extended Ghana’s border closure to 31st May 2020, in the bid to contain the movement of goods and persons in and out of the country. He announced this at the last nation’s address on the COVID-19 pandemic series of cases.

On 31st May 2020, the president has again extended the closure of the county’s borders to 31st July 2020 which is a larger extension of the ban on importation and expectations.

By Amos Ekow Coffie

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