GhanaPresident, Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered the re-opening of tertiary institutions in the country to receive continuing students, easing more restrictions imposed to address the spread of COVID-19.
Students can resume August 24, the president has announced in his 15th address to the nation as the number of active coronavirus cases continue to drop.
The re-opening would mark about five months since the government closed all schools in March after Ghana recorded its first two cases.
Following the closure of tertiary institutions, several of them resorted to online teaching and learning to trudge through the academic year.
The president acknowledged the completion of studies in universities through this means but also pointed to some exceptions.
He said schools such as the University of Cape Coast, the University of Health and Allied Sciences and technical universities and 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 complete their academic year,” he declared.
While announcing a re-opening date for tertiary institutions, first and second cycle schools continue to remain closed with the exception of final year students sitting exams.
President Akufo-Addo directed that there should be no mass gatherings or sporting activities on campus. But he allowed religious activities.
The president said tertiary institutions are to adhere to the covid-19 safety protocols, including the wearing of mask, regular handwashing and use of sanitisers while maintaining social distancing rules.
After months of strategizing to contain the deadly virus, the president continued to hammer on the theme of progress in the country’s fight.
In addition to declining active cases, he said Ghana has cleared its backlog of test results and is now able to provide results within 48 hours.
He said those who claim that the government has lost the fight could only make a “baseless assertion” for the sake of “political expediency”.