EducationGhana| March 30| No more COVID-19 related Restrictions for Basic Schools:
The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) following President Akufo-Addo’s directive to end the compulsory face-mask wearing policy says Covid related restrictions for pre-tertiary schools have been revoked.
In a press statement copied to EducationWeb on March 29, the Education Service said that wearing face masks at school is now optional and should not be the reason for granting or denying ingress or access to prospective students.
“Schools may cautiously resume large outdoor assemblies or gatherings while taking the necessary precaution to avoid instances of overcrowding on their campuses. Schools may embark on excursions or educational trips,” GES stated.
As part of efforts to slow the spread of the locally transmitted coronavirus, heads of pre-tertiary schools in the country have been advised to tackle vaccine hesitancy and see to full vaccination of both teaching and non-teaching staff.
“Handwashing and hand sanitising facilities should be maintained and placed at vantage points where they are easily accessible to both staff and learners,” the Ghana Education Service statement dated Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
President Nana Akufo-Addo following the decline in cases of the locally transmitted coronavirus in the country March 27, 2022 announced the end of the compulsory face mask-wearing policy in public places including schools.
Speaking to fellow Ghanaians in his 28th televised nation address monitored by EducationWeb, His Excellency said the wearing of face masks is not mandatory any longer but safety protocols including handwashing are required.
“From Monday, March 28, 2022, the wearing of a face mask is no longer mandatory. I encourage all of you though to continue to maintain handwashing and avoid overcrowded gatherings,” President Akufo-Addo said on Sunday.
Mr Addo Dankwa continued that “all in-person activities such as church services, mosques, conferences, workshops, private parties, events, cinemas and theatres provided that the audience and all participants are fully vaccinated.”
As part of measures to ease coronavirus restriction, he directed that outdoor functions and sporting events, entertainment spots, political rallies and funerals could resume at full capacity provided participants are vaccinated.
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