Form 2 students of the various pre-tertiary levels of education, JHS and SHS are to reopen on October 5, 2020.
Addressing the nation on a televised broadcast, President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that after consultations, some measures have had to be taken concerning education. It was against this background that he mentioned that with the Junior High Schools (JHS), their class size shall be reduced to thirty (30), while SHS shall have a reduced class size of twenty-five (25) when they reopen.
“With Junior High Schools operating with class sizes of thirty (30), and Senior High Schools with class sizes of twenty-five (25), SHS 2 and JHS 2 students will be in school for ten (10) weeks to study, and write their end of term examinations,” the President said in an address.
On the safety of both staff and students, reusable nose masks shall be provided for the staff and students who would be returning to school on October 5, 2020. In addition, hand sanitizers, tissues and gallons of liquid soaps would also be provided in the various schools.
” Just as was done in the case of final year university, JHS and SHS students, all JHS 2 and SHS 2 students, as well as all teaching and non-teaching staff, will be given reusable face masks. Each school will be provided with Veronica Buckets, gallons of liquid soap, rolls of tissue paper, thermometer guns, and 200 milli-litre containers of sanitizers” the president added.
As part of measures from the government to ensure the safe return of these students, the various schools shall be disinfected. In addition to this, hot meals will be provided to these students to aid them in the successful completion of their academic year.
“SHS 2 students in boarding houses are to return to their various dormitories on 5th October, whilst day students, respecting fully the COVID-19 protocols, will commute from home to their respective schools on the same date. Prior to reopening, all Junior and Senior High Schools will be fumigated and disinfected. JHS 2 students will be given one hot meal a day” he stated.
JHS and SHS 2 students exempted from academic year postponement as JHS and SHS 1 students are to reopen school next year January 2021
In an interesting turn of events, the Ghana Education Service, (GES) has taken the decision to postpone the reopening of school for the first-year students in both JHS 1 and SHS 1. According to the President, appropriate adjustments will be made to ensure all is covered so nothing is lost when school resumes in 2021.
“The next academic year will resume in January 2021, with appropriate adjustments made to the curriculum to ensure that nothing is lost from the previous year. The relevant dispositions will also be made so that the presence, at the same time, in the school of all streams of students, can occur in safety”.
First-year University of Cape Coast students are scheduled to also reopen on Tuesday, 1st September 2020.
SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI