Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has revealed that President Akufo-Addo will be meeting cabinet on Wednesday to discuss matters relating to reopening of schools in the country.
In a tweet on Tuesday December 29, the Ofoase Ayirebi lawmaker said “President @NAkufoAddo prepares to meet cabinet tomorrow for a final decision on the possible reopening of schools in January.
“Key on his agenda will be to examine the proposals for assuring the safety of our children, should schools reopen.”
“These decisions are not made lightly. But so far all his covid management decisions have been spot on. Fingers crossed, he will make the best decision in the interest of our children and our schools,” he added.
Mr Oppong had earlier indicated that President Akufo-Addo was receiving briefings from COVID-19 Technical Taskforce on limited school re-openings and would make a firm decision on school reopening in January 2021 after a Cabinet meeting on December 30,2020.
He said the COVID-19 Taskforce would work throughout the Christmas period to brief the President and analyse the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, during the limited school re-openings in July, August, September, and October, this year.
Government in July allowed final year students in the tertiary education institutions to complete their semester courses and wrote their exit examinations.
The final year senior high school students also returned to complete their term courses and wrote the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC), while the final year Junior High School students undertook the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in September and in October, second year JHS and SHS students returned to school to complete their term courses.
During the period, some students and teachers contracted the Coronavirus disease and were isolated, tested and treated.
It is in the light of this members of the COVID-19 Taskforce were briefing the President in order to inform the Government’s decision whether basic schools should be reopened in January 2021.
The Information Minister said a sub-committee on school reopening would soon be constituted to plan and strategise the way forward.
That, he said, would ensure that the school environment would not become a haven for spreading the respiratory disease.