ACCRA, 10 January 2021 – Primary schools and tertiary education institutions are reopenin this weekend and next in Ghana, in keeping with a calendar announced by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Schools were orderd to close last March after Ghana reported its frst case of the new coronavirus.

Ghanaian schoolgirl bites finger as she thinks through an answer

Ghanaian schoolgirl bites finger as she thinks through an answer – Photo UNICEF

Ever since then, 55,772 cases have been detected in the West African country, with 54,438 recoveries and 336 fatalities.

The resumption of schools has been announced despite fears that Ghana could be hit by a second wave of infections from the virus.

In a televised address last Sunday, Akufo-Addo said the resumption of schools will be modeled after the successful phased-reopening of some sections of tertiary institutions last year.

Ghanaian students studying together before COVID19 Hit

Ghanaian students seated close before COVID-19 Hit – Photo UNICEF

Ghanaian authorities say they will supply all learning institutions with protective gear, including the masks students need to stem the spread of the virus.

Mass gatherings and sporting activities remain banned and Ghana’s sea and land borders remain closed.

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