Final year SHS students to spend mid-sem break on campus over COVID-19 concerns

Final year SHS students to spend mid-sem break on campus over COVID-19 concerns

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has rescinded its earlier directive for final year Senior High School (SHS) and Technical school students to go home during their six-day mid-semester break.

Although the break holds, the final year students will observe it on campus instead, with no academic work.

Management of GES in a statement said it had to reverse the directive upon consultation with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to restrict the mass movement of students due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19”.

Academic work will however resume on Monday, July 26, 2021, as stated in the earlier communication.

In an attached statement from the GHS, the health management body noted that if the students are allowed to go home, such action may present a challenge to the already precarious COVID-19 situation in schools and to a larger extent contribute to the community spread.

It is thus recommended as follows:

1. The scheduled period for the midterm break should be maintained as planned.

2. The midterm break should be restricted to campus, and boarding students must not be allowed to go home.

“These actions are necessary to prevent and control outbreaks in schools and in the general population,” the statement added.

The GES had previously declared that all form 3 SHS and Technical students were to from Tuesday, July 20 to Sunday, July 25, 2021, enjoy the mid-sem break. 

It had informed all heads of Senior High Schools that students who would not have wished to go home or would have had difficulty going home should be allowed to remain in the school. 

By: Stella Annan | myactiveonline.com Twitter @activetvgh

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