All students who contracted the locally transmitted coronavirus in various schools have either recovered or are doing well, President Nana Akufo-Addo has said.
President Akufo-Addo speaking in his 14th televised nation’s address on Sunday, July 26, 2020, monitored by Georgeweb.org disclosed that over seven hundred and fifty thousand persons, comprising students, teachers and non-teaching staff, in Junior High Schools are in school to prepare and sit the 2019 edition of BECE.
“Last Monday, the three hundred and seventy thousand final year SHS students, who have been in school for five weeks, started writing the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination”.
“One hundred and twenty-seven thousand, one hundred and forty-three (127,143) students in our Universities and other tertiary institutions have now all virtually completed their final examinations”, he noted.
According to Akufo-Addo the safety and good health of students and staff have been the utmost considerations in the partial reopening of schools of which the government have consequently insisted on full adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
“We have witnessed only a few cases of infections in our universities and other tertiary institutions; the few students who tested positive in a few of our Senior High Schools have all either recovered or are on the path to full recovery, and will write the WASSCE; and the few final year Junior High School students, who have tested positive and who are largely asymptomatic, are being managed in isolation centres”. he said.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo commenting on reopening of schools nationwide said “the government is in talks with the stakeholders in the education sector to determine the conditions for the future re-opening of schools after the current examinations are concluded by mid-September”.
He further assured to update the good people of Ghana about the outcome of the ongoing consultations with the stakeholders in the education sector at a later date.