The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana has debunked claims that the institution is against students coming to campus despite President Nana Akufo-Addo’s easing of the COVID-19 restrictions to allow final-year students to go back to school.
Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’ explained that at a meeting with the leadership of the student body, it was agreed to continue with the remainder of the academic work for the second semester online.
According to him, some students have agreed to come to campus and others want to continue with their e-learning.
“The school will be opened on the 15th, those who want to come are free to come. We have no issues with that. Those who want to be home and continue with their e-learning can also do that,” he told host Mac Jerry Osei Agyeman.
Schools reopen on June 15
Announcing the easing of the restrictions on Sunday, 31 May 2020, President Akufo-Addo said: “From Monday, 15 June 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teacher Unions, whose co-operation I salute, to re-open schools and universities to allow for final-year junior high, senior high and university students to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.
“Indeed, final-year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June; final-year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on 22nd June; and final-year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June. JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students, and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes”.
“All final-year students of educational and training institutions, which are being managed by Ministries other than the Education Ministry, are to return to school on 15th June to complete their exit examinations”.
Testing of students
Prof Oduro Owusu has however assured that the institution will take all safety precautions “seriously” ahead of the reopening.
“Fumigation of all the lecture halls is ongoing and all students will be tested for COVID-19 before allowed so they will be safe while on campus,” he said.
PPEs to staff
He noted that government has promised to supply the school with protective equipment.
“I am sure we will receive them on time,” he said.