Dr Opoku Prempeh

Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, said government has constituted a team of experts to come up with immediate short, medium term plans to aid online education in the wake of the schools closure.

The schools closure took effect on Monday March 16, after the President issued a directive in a broadcast address on COVID-19 update to prevent the spread of the disease.

The team comprised persons from the Ministry of Education, the National Council for Tertiary Education, Ghana Education Service, and the Center for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling.

The rest include the Ghana Library Authority, and the Curriculum Assessment Agents who are to ensure that whatever they come up with every student or learner in the country can participate.

Dr Opoku Prempeh, speaking during a media briefing on the country’s update on the disease, said the team had been tasked to conceptualize feasible solutions for the short, medium and long terms to ensure education continues through traditional, social media, online among others.

He said the Ministry had involved the Ministry of Information and Ministry of Communication in order to engage with the radio and TV stations as well as the telecommunication industry to assist them by deploying whatever they attempt to do students.

The country as well as the world are in difficult and dangerous times and everybody must chip in his or her best in the fight against the pandemic, he stated.

“The virus needs human beings to move and until we stopped the travel we will keep transporting it.

“That is why we are still advising people that if it is not an essential travel please do not embark on the journey to stop the spread,” he added.

He empathized that the schools closure was a total shutdown in the country both private and public thus, any head of institution who attempts to keep students after the announcement does so at his/her own risk.

Hesaid with cancellation of all examinations for final years at Junior High and Senior High schools, there was no need to keep students.

“If you care to know all international exams even in their parent countries have been cancelled so there is absolutely no reason for institutions to try and keep students,” he said.

According to the Minister, in other to enhance the fight, the Ministry has split its staff into two, to allow for social distancing and find other means of engaging with partners, stakeholders, staff and employees so that movements does not aid the spread of the disease.

has confirmed a total of 68 cases of COVID-19 with two deaths. The existing 66 cases are in isolation receiving and responding to treatment.


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