As part of the government’s effort to ensure that the first phase of the reopening of schools for final year students is done smoothly, the government will be providing a number of logistics to ensure safety is upheld in schools, the Minister for information has said.
The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in a short press briefing monitored by Georgeweb.org said the reopening of schools is starting for the tertiary institutions on Monday for them to complete the academic year and proceed to sit for their exit examinations.
The government spokesperson said a total of 234 tertiary institutions throughout the country are expected to benefit from the first batch of the logistics.
“57 in Greater Accra, 31 in Ashanti region, 18 in Central region, 14 in the Northern region, 22 in Eastern region , 17 in Volta, 11 in the Western region, 14 in the Bono region, 11 in the upper east, 11 in Upper west, 9 in Ahafo, 6 in Bono east, 5 in Western north, 3 in Oti, 4 in Savannah, and 1 in Northeast”,
The Information Minister estimated that about 44,000 members of staff and 128,000 final year students in tertiary institutions across the country will benefit from the logistics.
“The government has made an allowance of about 10% extra and also included some non-teaching staff so collectively were expecting about 200,000 persons to benefit the governments COVID-19 logistics,” Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.
The government’s spokesperson furthered that each student, lecturer, or non-teaching staff will be given 3 washable reusable face/nose masks.
In all about 600,000 units of face masks, over 1,700 veronica buckets, over 200,000 200 ml units of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, over 3, 400 packets of soap and another 3,400 packets of tissue papers, about 9,000 COVID-19 testing thermometer guns are to be shared among the 134 tertiary schools nationwide.
The Minister said addition to the logistics, the government has tasked the waste management giant, Zoomlion to disinfect and fumigate all tertiary institutions nationwide to ensure the safety of students ahead of Monday, June 15 reopening.
“The logistics will be distributed to the respective regional capitals so that the district directors can pick them from the regional capitals and ensure that the schools have these logistics before the reopening of schools”, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah concluded.