The Ghana Education Service (GES) has urged all fianl year students in Senior High and Technical Schools to observe the mid-term break on campus. This, according to GES is in line with Covid-19 safety protocols.
GES earlier on issued a directive for schools to break for mid-term on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, and resume on July 25, 2021, but in a subsequent statement, dated Monday July 19, the GES explained that, “in reference to a letter from the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, which cautions against the mass movement of students, due to recent outbreak of Covid-19,” no student should be allowed to go home.
“Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES), therefore, wishes to inform Heads of Senior High and Technical Schools that students are not to be allowed to go home during the mid-semester period,” the statement issued by the Deputy Director-General (Quality and Access), Dr KwabenaTandoh, said.
“Mid Semester break should be observed in schools with no academic activity. Academic work should resume on Monday, July 26, 2021, as earlier communicated,” it added.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) letter, based on which the GES issued the directive, was signed by its Director-General, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye on Monday, July 19, 2021. The statement explained that the mid-term break may present a challenge to the already precarious situation of Covid-19 in schools and in the general population.
“It may also present challenges to containing existing outbreaks in schools. Heads of the aforementioned institutions as well as students are therefore expected to comply with the directive,” the GHS statement emphasised.
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