Students in private and public kindergarten, primary and Junior High Schools (JHS) will from January 15, 2021 return back to school, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
His Excellency announced this in his 21st televised nation’s address on Sunday, January 3, 2021, giving updates on measures taken by the central government to slow and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The government’s decision to reopen schools mid-January this year comes after Nana Akufo-Addo held a meeting with the Cabinet on what it takes for students to return back to school in the face of the global pandemic.
Akufo-Addo as part of an effort to ensure a safe school reopening noted the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service will ensure that all institutions, public and private, are fumigated and disinfected.
“Schools and institutions, with their own hospitals and clinics, will be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment, and have isolation centres to deal with any positive cases”, he added.
He furthered that “All other school and institutions, without their own clinics and hospitals, have been mapped to health facilities. There will be, for now, no mass gatherings and no sporting activities.”
According to him, face masks, ‘Veronica’ buckets, hand sanitisers, liquid soap, rolls of tissue paper, and thermometer guns will be provided to the various school before the school reopening date January 15, 2021.