The Ghana Education Service (GES) has instructed all students in Senior High and Technical Schools to observe the mid-term break on campus. According to GES, this is in line with the Covid-19 safety protocols.
GES initially issued a guideline for schools to break on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 for the medium term and resume on July 25, 2021, but in a subsequent circular, dated Monday, July 19, the GES explained that, “with reference to a letter from the director-general of the Ghana Health Service, warning against the mass displacement of students due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19”, no student should be allowed to go home.
“The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) therefore wishes to inform the heads of the higher secondary and technical schools that students are not allowed to go home in the middle of the semester,” said the deputy director general. (Quality and access), said Dr. KwabenaTandoh.
“Mid-semester break should be observed in schools with no academic activity. Academic work should resume on Monday, July 26, 2021, as previously communicated,” it added.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) letter, on the basis of which the GES issued the guideline, was signed by the Director General, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye. a challenge to the already precarious situation of Covid-19 in schools and in the general population.
“It can also pose challenges to contain existing outbreaks in schools. Heads of the above-mentioned institutions and students are therefore expected to adhere to the guideline’, the GHS statement emphasizes.
Talk about Joy FM’s Top Story on Monday, Dr. KwabenaTandoh approved the guideline from the GHS and stated that the decision to keep senior students in the schools will reduce the spread of the virus in the community.
“Concerns have been raised that when you have massive movements of people from one place to another you could have problems transmitting the covid-19 disease and so it will be better, safer and healthier for everyone. “
He added that despite the GHS guideline, students will be required to observe the mid-semester break.
“The idea of a mid-semester break is not necessarily even for students to go home, but to take a break from the daily rigor of academic work and to rest and so we still observe that break halfway through the semester.” semester, but we are observing it within the guidelines of the Ghana Health Service so as not to aggravate the situation in the country,” he said.