Following the increase in coronavirus cases in Ghana, the president of the republic, Nana Akufo-Addo has officially shut down all academic institutions in the country, effective Monday, 16th March, 2020. He made the announcement via a televised address to the nation.
He also ordered the suspension of all public gatherings including conferences, sporting events and funerals. The president said, however, that private funerals will be permitted if there are no more than 25 people in attendance.
Even though educational institutions are being closed, pre-tertiary students who have already registered for basic and secondary school exams will be allowed to attend revision classes. The president asked school authorities to ensure that these classes are conducted in hygienic conditions with appropriate “social distancing” between attendees. He has also tasked the Ministry of Education to roll out a distance learning programme.
Watch the full announcement below: