JUST IN: Gov’t shuts down all Public and Private Educational Institutions Indefinitely over COVID-19 Scare (VIDEO)

The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Akuffo Addo has stated emphatically that all Public and Private Educational Institutions in the country should be closed from Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.

The President made this revelation today Sunday, March 15, 2020, during his second update on the COVID-19 Pandemic.

According to the President, all Universities, Senior High and Basic Schools both public and private should be closed down from Monday, March 16, 2020, till further notice.

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BECE and WASSCE Candidates

Akuffo Addo, However, he indicated, candidates of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior Certificate Examination (WASSCE) should be allowed to go for classes ahead of their forthcoming examinations.

The president added the students should be educated on the prescribed Social Distancing Protocol.

Distance Learning

The President said the Ministry of Education and the Communication Ministry have been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes.

Government bans church activities, funerals, other public gatherings

President Akufo-Addo as part of his address put a ban on all public gatherings including conference, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies and church activities and related events as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.

He said the ban will be in force for the next four weeks.

“I have decided in the interest of public safety and the protection of our population to review the public gathering advisories earlier announced as follows. Firstly, all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques, have been suspended for the next four (4) weeks. Private burials are permitted, but with limited numbers, not exceeding twenty-five (25) in attendance,” the President said.

Coronavirus cases in Ghana

Ghana has so far recorded four more cases of the Coronavirus. This makes a total of six cases.

The development was announced by Director of Public Health at Ghana Health Service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie during a press briefing on the current status of the country at the Information Ministry, Sunday, March 15, 2020.

According to him, two more cases, after Thursday’s, were confirmed on Friday, March 13, 2020 – one from the Ashanti Region and the other from the Greater Accra Region.

“The first is a 56-year-old Ghanaian who returned from a trip to the United Kingdom on the 4th of March. He stayed in the UK for 10 days. He developed symptoms on the 12th of March and reported to a health facility in Obuasi,” said Dr. Sarkodie.

Watch the President’s address below.

Source: EducationGhana.net


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