The Ministry of Education (MoE) amid the spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic has rescheduled the 2020/2021 academic year expected to begin in September, 2020 to a later date, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said.
The Education Minister on Thursday, August 6, 2020, said studies conducted by the scientific community on the nature and behaviour of the virus makes it dangerous to re-open schools fully as it will be fertile grounds for rapid spread among students hence endangering the lives of the public.
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh noted that schools in the country will not be made to resume fully as long as the locally transmitted coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread across the country.
The Member of Parliament for the Manhyia South Constituency speaking further said: “Once the COVID-19 still remain with us, students will not be made to resume fully as it is fertile grounds for the spread of the disease”.
NAPO noted the government would take a decision on how to manage the new academic year after the conduct of the ongoing and forthcoming 2020 BECE and WASSCE for school candidates.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo in his 14th televised nation’s address monitored by GeorgeWeb said “the government is in consultation with stakeholders in the education sector on measures for the future re-opening of schools.