President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed that tertiary institutions should re-open on August 24, 2020 for continuing students for academic work to continue.
In his 15th national address on measures being taken against the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday night [August 17, 2020], President Akufo-Addo said the decision to re-open all tertiary institutions follows “an extensive stakeholder consultations.”
“After extensive stakeholder consultations, the decision has been taken for continuing students in these tertiary institutions to return to school, on 24th August to finish their academic year.”
The president said just was done for final year students who returned to school, the government through the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Services (GES) will ensure that all these tertiary institutions are disinfected.
“Universities will be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and those with their own hospitals and clinics will have isolation centres to deal with any positive cases.” President Akufo-Addo said all other institutions without their own clinics and hospitals will be marched to health facilities.
He said there will be no mass gatherings and no sporting activities, religious activities will however be permitted under the new protocols. “Social distancing and the wearing of face masks must become the norm on campus.” President Akufo-Addo added.
Pre-tertiary schools remain closed
President Akufo-Addo said the Ministry of Education continues to engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) and all relevant stakeholders to conclude discussions on the modalities surrounding the re-opening of our pre-tertiary schools.
“I will communicate, in due course, the decisions that will be reached from these consultations.”
“You can be rest assured that I will always take into prime consideration the safety of our children, teachers and non-teaching staff in the decisions that will be taken, because I am determined to ensure that the education of our children is not unduly disturbed by this pandemic,” he said.