COVID-19: We’ll enforce safety protocols in schools to protect teachers, lecturers – NAPO

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The Akufo-Addo led government will ensure strict adherence to the outlined COVID-19 safety protocols in the various tertiary institutions as they reopen on Monday, June 15, 2020, the Minister for Education has said.

As arranged by President Akufo-Addo, final year students in public and private tertiary institutions are expected to reopen school on monday to complete their academic work and sit for their exit examinations.

Following the surge in coronavirus cases in the country many parents and stakeholders have expressed anxiety over the partial reopening of schools.

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The Education Minister however in a meeting with the University Vice-Chancellors assured that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of students, teaching, and non-teaching.

“We hope that since we are reopening schools, we can enforce social distancing and the thought is that if we open for final years, we have enough time and space for lecturers to be able to do social distancing. The President has ordered the Ministry of Health that before school reopens, every tertiary institution, public and private, must be sprayed.

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“This is to ensure that if there are surfaces the virus is on, it is killed before the students come, to protect the lecturers and the students. For schools, there are veronica buckets and sanitizers that are being supplied.”

President Akufo-Addo in his first televised nation’s address directed for the closure of all schools in the country as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel virus in the country.

His Excelleency however in his 10th address to the citizenry announced for the reopening of schools for only final year students effective June 15 for them to complete the 2019/2020 academic year.

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To ensure maximum safety in schools, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh in a press briefing outlined safety protocols to be observed in JHS, SHS, and tertiary institutions.

Full guidelines for Junior High Schools

  • Re-opening on Monday, June 29, 2020
  • Final Year Students (JHS 3) only
  • Eleven Weeks of Academic work and then one week for BECE
  • All classes to be split – No more than 30 students in a class
  • Classes will be from 9 am to 1 pm each day (Reduced School Day)
  • No breaks outside the classroom
  • Schools will have enhanced daily health protocols
  • Schools will be unavailable for religious activities
  • No sports or sporting events

Guidelines for Senior High Schools

  • Re-opening on Monday, June 22, 2020
  • Final year students (SHS 3) and SHS 2 Gold Track only
  • Six weeks of academic work then five weeks for WASSCE
  • All classes to be split – No more than 25 students in a class
  • All day students in Boarding Schools will be in boarding
  • Day schools will have enhanced daily health protocols
  • Dining will be in batches in boarding schools
  • No visitors allowed
  • Schools are unavailable for religious activities
  • No sports and sporting events

Guidelines for Tertiary institutions 

  • Re-opening on Monday, June 15, 2020
  • Final year students only
  • Six weeks of academic work and four weeks for exams
  • Split all classes
  • Private tertiary institutions are to provide to NCTE
  • Number of Staff
  • Number of Final Year Students
  • All Non-MoE educational institutions are also expected to re-open on Monday, June 15, 2020
  • Foreign Students who are outside the country and are identified will be allowed to return granted their country will allow them to exit.

Source: Georgeweb.org

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