Exactly two weeks ago during his 10th address to the nation, the president Nana Akuffo Addo outlined a roadmap for easing the restrictions put in place to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in our country.
He indicated that it would be a phased approach, involving a selected list of public gatherings, based on their risk profile, socio-economic impact, and, most importantly, our capacity to enforce and to respond, in the event of a flair up in our number of infections.
Yesterday the 14th day of June, during his 11th address the president revealed that since then, “we have had some of our religious institutions opening their doors to worshippers, whilst respecting the limits on numbers, and maintaining the strict protocols announced; others have decided to remain closed until further notice. Private burials are taking place, market places, public transport, including domestic air transport, restaurants, hotels, individual and non-contact sports, and our constitutional and statutory bodies are conducting their activities in accordance with social distancing and the relevant hygiene protocols.”
He subsequently announced that beginning today, “Monday, 15th June, the last batch of institutions in this phased approach, our educational institutions, will begin to re-open, with final year students in our tertiary colleges and universities returning to school to prepare for and take their exit examinations. As has been stated, final year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, will resume on 22nd June; and final-year junior high school (JHS 3) students, the week after, on 29th June”.
He gave further directives stating that, “from tomorrow, operating with half the class size, final year students will begin a six-week period of learning to finish their respective programmes…..Prior to their return to school, Government, through the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, has ensured that all tertiary institutions, public and private, have been disinfected. Universities, with their own hospitals and clinics, have been equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment, and have isolation centres to deal with any positive cases. All other institutions, without their own clinics and hospitals, have been mapped to health facilities.”
In assessing the preparedness of some tertiary institutions in Ghana as schools reopens today and how the protocols are being observed, the Anopa Bosuo spoke to various personalities.
Institutions including the S. D. Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies formerly WA Campus of the University of Development Studies in Tamale amongst others have been said to have put fervent measures in place for students beforehand.
In an interview with the president of the Students’ Representative Council of the University, Nene-Agbledu Bright Sakyi, he mentioned that the Executives of the SRC and the management of the institution are well-prepared to follow precautionary measures so students can be able to complete their final examinations.
“Our Executives and managements have prepared very well with respect to the president’s directives to allow our final year students resume studies’
He revealed that the school has a medical centre and an isolation Centre for emergency.
“We have a university hospital on campus already and we also have an isolation centre in case of emergency. Secondly, for every student coming on campus, we have thermometer guards and screening going on before they will be allowed in especially for students already in the residential halls on campus. We have nurses and doctors who will have them screened before they enter the halls’
On his part, the Public Relation Officer of the Kumasi Technical University, Mr. Arko Godfred explained that the measures that the management have put in place are reflecting exactly what the president has directed. He said ‘Management made it such a way that before we come to campus, we were doing online classes which is still on going, ideally we would be able to run the courses online but there are programs that we do that are practical oriented. Such programs or courses, we will be coming to the classes to do them and also It is not going to be all students who will come to campus at a time because we have most of the courses that are enrolled online easily.These are also measures that will make staff and students not choke on campus”
Written by Nana Adjoa Yeboah Sarpong