GES Answers All Questions Relating To School Reopening

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has answered 15 frequently asked questions pertaining to the reopening of schools.

Schools in Ghana have fully resumed after nearly ten (10) months of closure following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country and parents have been skeptical about the safety of their wards following the President’s decision to reopen schools.

It is in light of this that GES has answered various questions parents have been seeking answers to. The questions and answers are as follows;

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Answers All Questions Relating To School Reopening

Are our schools safe for kids under this COVID-19 pandemic?

On the advice from the experts from the GHS, it is safe to allow students to go back to school, learning from the experiences from the partial reopening of schools for 2nd and 3rd years of JHS and SHS.

When will the learners in KG, Primary and JHS report to school?

KG to JHS will reopen on Monday, 18th January.

What measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of learners in schools under the COVID-19 pandemic?

The government of Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) have undertaken the following measures to guarantee the safety of our learners and staff:

  • Disinfection of all schools before reopening.
  • Veronica buckets, soaps, hand sanitizers and tissue papers to be provided to all schools.
  • Washable and reusable face masks to be provided for all staff and learners.
  • Provision of thermometer guns for all schools.

Will the learners be promoted automatically?

Learners will move to the next level but would finish their lessons from where they left off before they continue with the syllables of their current class. E.g. KG 1 pupils will move to KG 2 and KG 2 to Primary 1 in that order.

Why the need for semester calendar for JHS learners?

The new Common Core Programme (CCP) will run continuously for four (4) years from JHS 1 to SHS 1, beginning the JHS calendar from the current trimester to a semester as being run by the SHS will ensure the seamless progression of students and make up for the lost time.

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Will KG and Primary Schools run semester system as well?

No! KG and Primary will continue with the current trimester system.

When will the SHS 1 students report to school?

The SHS 1 together with SHS 2 Gold Track students will report on the 10th March, 2021.

Are Senior High Schools still going to be on Double Track?

As promised earlier, the Double Track System was a temporary intervention awaiting facility improvements in our Senior High Schools. Accordingly, all SHS 3 and SHS 1 will now be together as a single track. Only SHS 2 students in existing double track schools will change to run the Double Track System.

Are schools going to allow social gatherings?

As the President directed, only school based religious gatherings are allowed in the schools. Even with that, schools are expected to avoid any kind of overcrowding during these gathering, most morning assemblies are encouraged to be in the classroom setting so as to reduce overcrowding.

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When will this year’s WASSCE and BECE be written?

In consultation with the examination body, WAEC, WASSCE has been proposed for September/ October 2021 whereas BECE is proposed to be written in November 2021.

What are the preparations for children with special needs?

Our children with special needs will not be left behind. Children with special need also need to return to school. Support them!!

Will pregnant girls go back to school?

Yes! GES has a re-entry policy for pregnant school girls to continue their education from where they left off

How will schools handle suspected cases?

Schools are mapped to health facilities. Learners with suspected cases would be treated by qualified nurses in these facilities, schools will work closely with Health Professionals.

How will schools handle suspected cases?

Schools are mapped to health facilities. Learners with suspected cases would be treated by qualified nurses in these facilities, schools will work closely with Health Professionals.

How many hours will the learners spend in school?

KG and Lower Primary pupils will spend 4 hours in School, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Those in the upper primary, JHS and SHS, from 8:00, am to 3:00 pm.


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