The President in his first televised nation’s address on March 15, 2020, directed for schools in the country to be shut down as part of measures to slow and curb the spread of the locally transmitted coronavirus.
Since the unexpected announced by President Akufo-Addo, students except final year’s have been staying home as a temporal school break as the country’s Health Service fight against the virus to restore the situation to normalcy for academic activities to resume in classrooms.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo in his latest address to the citizenry monitored by GeorgeWeb said “the government is in consultation with stakeholders in the education sector on measures for future-reopening of school after the conduct of the forthcoming 2020 BECE and ongoing WASSCE in September.
Following the President’s comment Ghanaians particulalry some online news portals have been publishing false stories claiming the Education Minister has said schools will be reopened late September, 2020.
However, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, Mr Benjamin K. Gyasi speaking at a workshop denied the claims, adding that Ministry has no plans to reopen schools in September this year.
“The Ministry will like to state categorically that aside from final-year students who are in school, the public should disregard reports going round that all other students would go to school in September”, he noted.
The Education Ministry consequently entreats the members of the general public, students and stakeholders to disregard the September reopening of schools in the country.
In a related story, the Minister for Education and Member of Parliament for the Manhyia South Constituency, Matthew Opoku Prempeh has disclosed the Minsitry will at a later date communicate schools reopening date.