Covid-19 and School Children

COVID-19, a current infectious disease caused by a newly discovered corona virus, which leads to respirational illness, has, in a few short months,infected more than 15 million people and destroyed the lives of 617K inhabitants and financial loss in entire countries has now become part of the human race.

Accepting the fact that Covid-19 is now part of the human race, the president of the republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Akufo Addo in his resent televise update no. 15 on measures taken against the spread of the coronavirus has announced that the decision has been taken for continuing students in the tertiary institutions to return to school, on 24th August, to finish their academic year.

H.E Nana Akufo Addo assured Ghanaians that “I will always take into prime consideration the safety and wellbeing of our children, teachers and non-teaching staff in the decisions that will be taken, because I am determined to ensure that the education of our children is not unduly disturbed by this pandemic.”

This restriction comes in such that universities will be equipped with personal protective equipment and those with their own hospitals and clinics will have isolation centres to deal with any positive cases. All other institutions, without their own clinics and hospitals, will be mapped to health facilities, says the President.

He included that there will be no mass gatherings and no sporting activities. Religious activities, under the new protocols, will be permitted. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks must become the norm on campus.

He again mentioned that, through online learning portals, almost all continuing students in our Universities have completed their studies for the academic year.

The President again promised to quench the hunger of the final year JHS students, in complying with COVID-19 protocols, to begin preparations to ensure that, as from 24th August up to 18th September, all five hundred and eighty-four thousand final year JHS students, and one hundred and forty-six thousand staff, both in public and private schools, be given one hot meal a day. This is to ensure full observance of the COVID-19 safety protocols.

Story by, Theresa Kpordzo

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