COVID-19: University students return to school on Aug. 24

The government has announced that continuing students will return for face-to-face teaching on Ghana university campuses effective August 24, 2020.

President Akufo-Addo, delivering his 15th COVID-19 update on Sunday night, said the decision has been taken to allow the students to finish their academic year.

“Through online learning portals, almost all continuing students in our Universities have completed their studies for the academic year. The exceptions are the University of Cape Coast, the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Technical Universities, and some other Colleges. After extensive stakeholder consultations, the decision has been taken for continuing students in these tertiary institutions to return to school, on 24th August, to finish their academic year,” Mr. Akufo-Addo said.

As the government eased restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, final year students were asked to return to school to write their exit exams.

President Akufo-Addo, despite the uncertainty of when continuing students at the Senior High Schools (SHSs) are to return to school, said: “The Ministry of Education continues to engage the Ghana Education Service (GES) and all relevant stakeholders to conclude discussions on the modalities surrounding the reopening of our pre-tertiary schools.”

“I will communicate, in due course, the decisions that will be reached from these consultations”, he added.

The government closed down public and private schools in March, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.

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