President Nana Akufo-Addo has directed that one dormitory block in each senior high school should be used as an isolation centre as final year SHS, second-year students return on Monday, June 22, 2020.
Delivering his 12th address on measures to fight the coronavirus in Ghana, he said the isolation centres will serve as holding places if a student falls sick from the virus.
“Each SHS has been mapped to a health facility, and care will be provided to the sick by nurses assigned to these schools,” he revealed.
The students are scheduled to return to school today after a three-month break following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Under enhanced new protocols to keep the students safe, the President announced that a maximum of 25 students must be admitted to a class.
Also, day students in schools with boarding facilities will automatically become boarding students.
There will be no sporting activities and the wearing of face masks is mandatory for both students, teachers and non-teaching staff.
“Through the National Food and Buffer Stock Company, enough food supplies have been distributed to all schools. Government is also making available 350 buses and 840 pickup vehicles to Senior High Schools that did not receive vehicles in 2016,” he announced.
Additionally, he announced that the government will absorb the WASSCE examination fees of all the 313,837 SHS 3 students who will sit for the exam beginning in August this year.
A budget of GH¢75.4 million has been set aside for the initiative.