Any final year or form 2 Gold track Senior High School student who breaks the Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 outlined protocols will be sent home indefinitely, the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) has said.
The Minister for Education and Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency, Hon Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh earlier adressing the press outlined some coronavirus preventive protocols to be observed by students, teachers and non-teaching staff in various schools.
The President of CHASS, Alhaji Yakubu Abdulia in an interview with Accra-based Citi News monitored by Georgeweb.org cautioned that school management will enforce strict measures to ensure the human beings in the schools are safe amid the threat of the novel virus that has claimed 95 lives as of the time writing this post.
According to the CHASS President, school authorities will not hesitate to send any student who breaks the bound home, adding that such indisciplined students will only come to school to come and write the exams when the time is up for the examination.
He explained the suspension that “if a student breaks bounds and goes out of the school, we cannot guarantee where you have gone to and who you have interacted with and your status,”
President Akufo-Addo in his 12 televised nation’s address permitted for schools to be reopened for final year and form 2 Gold track students in various Senior High schools across the country to complete their academic work.
Akufo-Addo explained that for the SHS final year students now ‘Akufo-Addo graduates’ are resuming school on Monday June 22 to complete the 2019/2020 academic year and prepare to sit for the forthcoming WASSCE examination.
His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo’s unexpected directed for the closure of all schools throughout the country on March 16 as part of measures to curb and slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus when the country first recorded its first case on March 12 this years.
However, schools reopened yesterday Monday June 22 for the prospective candidates and form 2 Gold track students to continue their academic work.
The President indicated that SHS 3 students will be in school for a total of 6 weeks, before sitting for the WASSCE exams over a period of 2 weeks.
“SHS 2 Gold Track students, who are returning to complete their first semester like their Green Track colleagues have done, will be in school for six (6) weeks, before going on vacation”. he added.
As part of measures to ensure the safety of the students, he said a maximum of twenty-five students will be permitted in each class, adding that all day students in schools with boarding houses will be resident in these boarding houses, whilst day students, in schools without boarding facilities, will commute from home, and will be required to adhere to enhanced hygiene protocols.
As part of measures to ensure a safe reopening of school, Akufo-Addo said students, teachers, invigilators, and non-teaching staff numbering about 8,000 would be equipped with 3 washable reusable face masks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.