Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said the govt will ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols within the various universities as they reopen on Monday.

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The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said the govt will ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols within the various universities as they reopen on Monday.

Final year students of public and private universities are expected to resume school on Monday to finish their academic work.

Many have expressed worry over the partial reopening of schools , despite a spike in Ghana’s COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Prempeh at a gathering with University Vice-Chancellors, however, said adequate measures are put in situ to guard all students, teaching and non-teaching staff.

“We hope that since we are reopening schools, we will enforce social distancing and therefore the thought is that if we open for final years, we’ve enough time and space for lecturers to be ready to do social distancing. The President has ordered the Ministry of Health that before school reopens, every tertiary institution, public and personal , must be disinfected.

“This is to make sure that if there are surfaces the virus is on, it’s killed before the scholars come, to guard the lecturers and therefore the students. For schools, there are veronica buckets and hand sanitizers that are being supplied.”

Schools within the country were ordered to pack up after a directive from the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on March 15, 2020, as a part of measures to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus disease [COVID-19] within the country.

The President, however, reopened schools for less than final year students to organize and enable them to require their final examinations on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

The Minister earlier issued some guidelines for the reopening of schools .

Full guidelines for junior high school Schools
Re-opening on Monday, June 29, 2020
Final Year Students (JHS 3) only
Eleven Weeks of educational work then one week for BECE
All classes to be split – No quite 30 students during a class
Classes are going to be from 9 am to 1 pm every day (Reduced School Day)
No breaks outside the classroom
Schools will have enhanced daily health protocols
Schools are going to be unavailable for religious activities
No sports or sporting events
Guidelines for senior high school Schools
Re-opening on Monday, June 22, 2020
Final year students (SHS 3) and SHS 2 Gold Track only
Six weeks of educational work then five weeks for WASSCE
All classes to be split – No quite 25 students during a class
All day students in Boarding Schools are going to be in boarding
Day schools will have enhanced daily health protocols
Dining are going to be in batches in boarding schools
No visitors allowed
Schools are unavailable for religious activities
No sports and sporting events
Guidelines for Tertiary institutions
Re-opening on Monday, June 15, 2020
Final year students only
Six weeks of educational work and 4 weeks for exams
Split all classes
Private tertiary institutions are to supply to NCTE
Number of Staff
Number of Final Year Students
All Non-MoE educational institutions also are expected to re-open on Monday, June 15, 2020
Foreign Students who are outside the country and are identified are going to be allowed to return granted their country will allow them to exit.

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