The Ministry of Education has outlined a number of detailed measures and directives to ensure the smooth reopening of various academic institutions for respective final year students.
The directives provide a roadmap for final year students at the basic level, senior high and tertiary levels to go back to school and complete their studies.
Below is a summary of the directives grouped into the level of final year students – university (tertiary), Senior High School and Junior High School:
University: Reopen date (June 15)
All tertiary institutions with final year students can reopen on June 15, this includes private and public universities.
Universities will have 6 weeks to hold lectures and revisions to prepare for the final exam. This is to prevent students from using data issues as excuses in the online exams.
Foreign students who escaped the lockdown and went back to their countries can share their passport details with their respective tertiary schools. If they can fly back to Ghana, the Ghana Immigration Service will allow them entry into Ghana. However, they will undergo two weeks of mandatory quarantine.
Other training schools such as the Military, Immigration, Customs, Police Academy, Regional Maritime University, Aviation Training, Fisheries College, NVTI and Social Welfare training schools can also open on June 15.
Schools will need to be fumigated, there will be supply to face masks and sensitize students about Coronavirus. The government will start a special campaign to ensure that students go back to school – especially the girl child.
Senior High Schools – Reopen date (22nd June)
The schools will not be available for religious activities
No visitors will be allowed for the period the students are in school.
No playground activities will be allowed. Schools must start at 9 am and end at 1 pm.
No assembly will be held and breaks will be had in class in between lessons.
All day students in boarding schools will be accepted as borders.
Students will learn for 6 weeks and write the special WASSCE in 5 weeks.
Second year Gold track students will be allowed to be on campus.
Dining time will be attended in batches to allow for social distancing.
There will be no sporting activities when students go back to school.
Junior High Schools: Reopen date (29th June)
There should be protocols to isolate students who are unwell. Students who have a fever should not go back to school.
Students are expected to go back to school on June 29th, study for 11 weeks, and write BECE on the 12th week.
There will be no playground activities and break times will be observed in the classrooms. There will be 15 minutes break in between lessons. Class will start at 9am and end at 1 pm.
JHS – No outside breaks except nature calls (9 – 1 pm)
According to the Minister of Education Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who outlined the guidelines at a press briefing today, the government will study “how the virus will behave and guidelines for continuing students will be announced afterward.”
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