The final year students of Junior High Schools (JHSs) in the Sunyani and Sunyani West Municipalities on Monday returned to school amid strict compliance with the directives, measures and protocols against spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
All schools in the country – from the primary to the tertiary levels were closed nationwide by government in mid-March this year as part of measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, May 31 announced the re-opening of schools, but on different dates for the various levels at their termination stage- Monday, June 15 for the tertiary institutions, Monday June 22 for the Senior High Schools and Monday, June 29 for the JHSs to allow for the final year students to be prepared for their respective final examinations.
The Ghana News Agency (GNA) observed during rounds in some parts of the two Municipalities earlier in the day that a greater percentage of students of most of the schools had reported and were going through the registration processes and other necessary health and safety protocols against the COVID-19.
At the Holy Spirit Catholic JHS at Fiapre in the Sunyani West Municipality, Reverend Sister Perpetual Wiredu, the Headmistress, assured parents and guardians that the School’s Management had made adequate preparations in the context of directives and protocols for the COVID-19 prevention.
She reiterated all that were necessary had been done to ensure the students’ health and well-being would be secured between now till the end of the Basic Examination Certificate Examination (BECE) period.
At the Boahen Korkor Presby ‘B’ JHS in Sunyani, Reverend Ernestina Baah, the Headmistress, said out of 61 final year students, 53 had reported and express the hope that the remaining eight would report on Tuesday.
She said the School had received all the necessary COVID-19 prevention items including infrared thermometers, nose masks and veronica buckets from the Sunyani Municipal Education Directorate.
Rev. Baah said the temperature of each of the students and the staff were checked in the morning and everyone was within the range of normal body temperature.
Speaking on behalf of the Headmasters of the St. Anselm and Bishop Lemaire Anglican JHSs at the St. Anselm Anglican Cathedral in Sunyani, Rev. Father Kingsley Dwamena Asante, the Manager for the Anglican Education Unit in Sunyani, said the two schools had also gone for their personal protective equipment and other items against the COVID-19.