His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reportedly announced to provide relief packages to private schools in the country amid the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic and unexpected school closure.
The President in his first televised nation’s address directed for the closure of all schools across the country as part of measures to slow and curb the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has claimed at least 283 lives.
The relief package which will be provided to private schools through the Education Ministry (MoE) follows petitions by the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) to the office of the President for support.
“We have been able to find some way for small, medium enterprises by supporting them with a relief package. I think we should also look at how to support private schools, too. We know the critical role they play in our education sector,” Akufo-Addo hinted as quoted by Business 24.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh and his outfit will consider the petition and provide support to the affected private schools in the country.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo in his 16th televised address to the nation monitored by Georgeweb.org announced for second-year Junior and Senior High students to return to school to complete the academic year and sit for their end-of-term examination and vacate on December 14, 2020.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo further indicated schools will reopen for all pupils in nursery, Kindergarten, primary, first-year Junior and Senior High schools in January 2021.