The GH¢75.4 million intervention is expected to benefit three hundred and thirteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty-seven (313,837) SHS 3 students across the country.
“These SHS 3 students, also referred to by some as the ‘Akufo-Addo graduates’, are the first group of beneficiaries of Government’s Free Senior High School policy to sit the WASSCE examination” the President added.
According to him, the Association of Principals of Technical Institutes (APTI), had agreed to modalities for the re-opening of the schools and assured parents and guardians, students would not be exposed to any danger.
800,000 Return to School Today
In all, a total of 800,000 students including gold track second-year students, teachers, and non-teaching staff, would return to school today.
“I will be the last person to put the lives of the ‘Akufo-Addo graduates’ at risk,” the president said.
The final year students are expected to spend six (6) weeks for academic activities and two weeks for the WASSCE examination. The SHS 2 students on the other hand would spend six (6) weeks before going on vacation.
Modalities for re-opening
Speaking on modalities in place for the re-opening of schools, the President said all COVID-19 protocols have been put in place to ensure the safety of all involved.
He mentioned that provisions had been made for nose masks, thermometer guns, effective handwashing facilities, dormitory blocks for isolation, admission of limited numbers in classrooms, and dormitories among others.
On March 16, this year, Ghana suspended all schooling activities as part of measures to stop the spread of the disease in the country.