Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced that 2020 BECE candidates preparing for their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) are expected to spend not more than four hours in school during the reopening for JHS three students with a maximum number os 30 students in a class.
According to the Service, this is part of the precautionary measures stated by the president in his 10th Nation update to limit the spread os covid-19 virus. Ghana Education Service (GES) has also advised parents to make sure that their wards have enough food at hand while going to school.
The Central Regional Director of the GES, Mrs. Martha Owusu Acheampong speaking at a stakeholder meeting at the Regional Coordinating Council in Cape Coast on Thursday said classes would start from 0900 hours to 1300 hours each day.
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The meeting which was attended by MMDCEs, heads of senior and basic schools, Regional and District Health Directors, the Police, and Heads of Department and Agencies was to establish a clear cut operational instructions for the re-opening of Basic and Senior High Schools (SHS).
The Education Director indicated that students would be taken through a daily routine check each morning. Mrs. Acheampong stressed that there will be no mass gathering, no religious activities, no sporting activities and no visitors during school hours.
Food vendors would also not be allowed to sell in the schools, saying it was to limit external contacts to check the spread of the virus.
The JHS students would spend eleven weeks for revision and one week to write the BECE, while the SHS would spend six weeks for revision and five weeks for the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
All schools both public and private would be fumigated and disinfected before their said re-opening dates. The ZoomLion Company Limited has so far fumigated over 100 SHS and 2,460 basic schools and disinfection is ongoing.
Mr. Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister, tasked the MMDCEs to strictly monitor the activities of the schools in their respective districts, to ensure that they complied with the safety and health protocols.