The President of Ghana in his 22nd address to the nation indicated that he was encouraged by preparations made by schools for reopening.
Government has taken the required steps to ensure their safety in school. Heads of institutions, as well as their teachers, have undergone the requisite orientation on “Guidelines for school re-opening during COVID-19”, to enable them assist with compliance of students to the protocols.” He said in his 22nd address.
Preparations by schools for reopening started on Friday 15th January, as many schools used the day to clean their classrooms they had abandoned for 10 months.
Apart from schools working hard to ensure they resume, the government has fumigated and disinfected schools across the nation to make them ready for school activities from Monday 18th January 2021.
Learners in kindergarten, primary, junior high school, SHS 2, and SHS 3 resume school have resumed school today.
Old students associations and Parent Teacher Associations (P.T.As) have also supported some schools to get them ready for today.
Items such as sanitizers, masks, liquid soaps, Veronica Buckets, rolls of tissue paper, face shields for learners and staff with hearing impairments, and gloves for caregivers and attendants have also been supplied to schools by the government.
The president further disclosed that, Senior High Schools have been mapped to medical facilities across the country so that any outbreak of the disease in any such school can be duly contained.
Suspected cases in primary and junior high schools will be managed by district health teams through the School Health Programme and the COVID-19 Rapid Response Teams.
All these measures have been taken to ensure not only the safety of learning communities, but also to ensure there is early detection of any case that may arise and treat them accordingly.
The president called on all Ghanaians to observe the safety protocols at all times in offices, schools, markets to prevent the country from recording more cases and a potential partial lockdown.
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Preparations by schools for reopening has been filled with excitement and hope for both learners and teachers in Pre-tertiary level schools per our visit to some schools in East Legon.