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Schools will reopen on one condition- Prof Opoku-Amankwa, director-general of GES

The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, has said that the service will not rush into re-opening pre-tertiary schools in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

He made this statement when he was addressing a day’s training workshop on the Secondary School Improvement Project (SEIP), for selected journalists from across the country, here, over the weekend.

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said following the President’s directive on measures towards reopening schools, pointing to the fact that the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, had constituted an eminent body to oversee to a possible resumption of schools.

According to him, the GES would act on sound advice by the committee inaugurated to come up with a roadmap towards the resumption of schools.

The Director-General said even though the resumption of schools was purely an educational matter, it also had health implications due to the pandemic, stressing that “as a result, the committee, which is chaired by a former Minister of Education, Professor Dominic Fobih, has representatives from the Ghana Health Service.”

“for the re-opening of schools, the President has charged the Minister of Education to work with the Ghana Education Service, and the ministry has constituted a committee to look at that, and we’ve been asked to come out with a programme by September 21, and subsequently it will go to the President for a decision to be taken”, he added.

Final Condition

“The schools will reopen when the committee has made proposals, and the proposals have been accepted. So there is no date for us now, but we know that schools will reopen some time,” Prof. Opoku-Amankwa added.