President Akuffo-Addo prepares to finalize reopening date for schools – Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Minister of Information and Member of Parliament for the Ofoase-Ayirebi Constituency, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has made some revelations about the possible reopening of schools, come January 2021.
Following an upsurge of COVID-19 cases in Ghana in March 2020, the government had directed the immediate closure of schools and other major public places, in order to contain the spread of the virus. This was followed by a major lockdown imposed by the President throughout the country.
As the lockdown restrictions eased, it became necessary to improvise teaching and learning through online means.
This form of in-house education was adopted by several schools, TV stations and other media outlets, and was only accessible to a small percentage of students in the country.
After a series of regular COVID-19 updates from the President’s addresses to the nation, final year students at the various levels returned to school for their final examination.
Form 2 JHS and SHS students followed on October 5, 2020. Upon completing the term, they have rejoined the many students at home awaiting the President’s decision on the reopening of schools.
The Minister of Information disclosed that President Akufo-Addo will hold a meeting with cabinet on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, to decide the reopening date for schools.
He added that the President’s decision will not be an easy one, taking into account the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah however assured the general public of the government’s relentless commitment to prevent a second wave of the Corona virus pandemic.
Taking to his Twitter page, he stated that the President’s decision will be taken in favour of all school children and the general public.
“President @NAkufoAddo prepares to meet cabinet tomorrow for a final decision on the possible reopening of schools in January.
Key on his agenda will be to examine the proposals for assuring the safety of our children, should schools reopen”, he tweeted.
“These decisions are not made lightly. But so far all his covid management decisions have been spot on.
Fingers crossed, he will make the best decision in the interest of our children and our schools”, the Minister added.