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Schools Will Reopen Soon On Medical Advice- Minister of Education.

The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, says the
reopening date of educational institutions will depend on the expert
advice of health professionals managing the coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic.

That, he said, was to ensure that “we have a safe back to school process”.

“I can assure you that the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education
Service (GES) and the universities are in close and regular contact
with the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health,” Dr Prempeh
said in a widely publicised letter to students in the country.

Letter

The letter, published in the Thursday, April 30, 2020 edition of the
Daily Graphic, is the second to be issued by the minister in a week. The
first letter, also published in the April 27, 2020 edition of the Daily
Graphic, was addressed to parents.

Schools in Ghana have been closed since Monday, March 16 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Closure

Over the past five weeks, the letter said “your academic work has
been disrupted because of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in
our country. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo took the bold and
necessary decision to close down our educational institutions to protect
you and the nation from this deadly disease which has claimed many
lives across the world”.

“I am concerned about your continuous learning, particularly as we
near the end of the academic year. I can imagine the uncertainties about
reopening dates and examination timetables weighing on your mind and
perhaps affecting your preparations, especially for those of you in your
final year,” it said.

Platforms

In the meantime, the letter said, the Ministry of Education and the
GES had created various platforms for pre-tertiary education on
television and online to enable students to continue with structured and
self-guided learning activities. “For TV, we are currently broadcasting
content for senior high school (SHS) core subjects on the Ghana
Learning TV.

 It is available on free-to-air TV, as well as on DStv
channel 315, GOtv channel 150 and StarTimes channel 312. Very soon, we
will be broadcasting content for kindergarten (KG) to junior high school
(JHS) as well.

“Additionally, we are producing learning content for radio to be
broadcast across the country. For online, we have resources available
for SHS students on iCampus Ghana which can be accessed via www.icampus.
In the near future, content for KG to JHS pupils and students will also
be made available on this platform,” it said.

For tertiary students, the letter said various universities were
deploying learning systems to help students continue their education
remotely, adding that the ministry was aware of the challenges students
were facing with the cost of data and had agreed with telecommunications
networks (Vodafone and MTN) to zero-rate educational content online on
platforms.

Stay home

“For the time being, I encourage you to stay at home and adhere to
all safety regulations during these difficult times. I also encourage
you to draw up personal daily timetables to engage in learning through
the platforms we have provided.

“Pick up new healthy hobbies, read widely (free e-books available on
the Ghana Library Authority app) and exchange learning ideas with your
peers,” the letter he added.

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