The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has announced the reopening of schools for the completion of the academic year for JHS2 and SHS2 students, from October 5 to December 14, 2020.
However, the decision which was taken after consultation with key stakeholders, limits Junior High Schools to operate class sizes of thirty and Senior High Schools with class sizes of twenty-five.
In addition to this new directive, SHS 2 and JHS 2 students will be allowed back in school for ten weeks to study, and write their end of term examinations.
The President in his 16th address to the nation, on COVID-19, said “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, as well as supply students and all teaching and non-teaching staff with reusable face masks, when the schools resume.
Additionally, 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.
Other interventions include the supply of one hot meal a day to JHS 2 students.
Meanwhile, assemblies and sporting events remain banned; and the use by outsiders of school premises for other activities is still not allowed.