The President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo has announced for all continuing students of tertiary institutions that have not completed the 2019/2020 academic year to return to school on August 24, 2020.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo in his 15th televised nation’s address on Sunday, August 16, 2020, monitored by Georgeweb.org noted that some tertiary institutions through online learning portals as an alternative to face to face teaching and learning have completed the 2019/2020 academic year.
He, however, indicated that others like the University of Cape Coast, the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Technical Universities, and some other Colleges are still yet to complete the ending academic year.
The President following this development after extensive stakeholder consultations has permitted for continuing students in these tertiary institutions to return to school, on August 24, to finish their academic year.
Akufo-Addo as part of efforts to protect lives in the midst of the novel coronavirus has tasked the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service to disinfect all the reopening tertiary institutions before the August 24 reopening date to slow the spread of the disease on campus.
His Excellency said all prospective students of these universities will be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPEs), adding that “those with their own hospitals and clinics will have isolation centres to deal with any positive cases”.
He furthered that all other institutions, without their own clinics and hospitals, will be mapped to nearby health facilities.
President Akufo-Addo stated that “There will be no mass gatherings and no sporting activities. Religious activities, under the new protocols, will be permitted. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks must become the norm on campus”.
Nana Akufo-Addo commenting on the reopening of all schools in the country said the Ministry of Education (MoE) is still in consultations with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and other relevant stakeholders on modalities surrounding the reopening of pre-tertiary schools in the country.
According to the President, he will at the appropriate time communicate the decisions that will be reached from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ghana Education Service and stakeholders in the education sector consultations to Ghanaians.
He added that “You can rest assured that I will always take into prime consideration the safety and wellbeing of our children, teachers and non-teaching staff in the decisions that will be taken”
“I am determined to ensure that the education of our children is not unduly disturbed by this novel coronavirus pandemic” he noted.