Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has announced that President Akufo-Addo will meet on Wednesday with the cabinet to discuss issues related to the reopening of schools in the region.
The Ofoase Ayirebi lawmaker said in a tweet on Tuesday, December 29, “President @NAkufoAddo is preparing to meet with the cabinet tomorrow for a final decision on the possible January reopening of schools.”
“The key to its agenda will be to review the proposals for ensuring the safety of our children if schools are reopened.”
“We should not make these choices lightly. Yet all his covid management choices were dead on so far. “In the interest of our children and our schools, fingers crossed, he will make the best decision,” he said.
Mr. Oppong had previously stated that President Akufo-Addo was getting briefings on restricted school re-openings from the COVID-19 Technical Taskforce and will make a firm decision on school re-opening in January 2021, following a Cabinet meeting on 30 December 2020.
During the restricted school re-openings in July, August, September, and October this year, he said the COVID-19 Taskforce will work throughout the Christmas period to brief the President and evaluate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on students.
In July, the government allowed students in tertiary education institutions to complete their semester courses in the final year and to write their exit exams.
Senior high school students also returned to complete their term courses in the final year and completed the West African Assessment Certificate (WAEC), while Junior High School students completed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in September and JHS and SHS students returned to school to conclude their term courses in October of the second year.
Any students and educators developed the Coronavirus disease during the time and were isolated, tested and treated.
It is in the context of these members of the COVID-19 Task Force that the President was consulted to advise the Government of the decision whether to reopen basic schools in January 2021.
The Minister of Information said that a school re-opening sub-committee will soon be formed to prepare and strategize the path forward.
That would ensure, he said, that the school atmosphere would not become a refuge for the spread of respiratory illness.