Education Minister inaugurates Committee to advise on reopening of schools


The Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has inaugurated a 10-member committee in Accra to deliberate and advise on modalities for the reopening of schools in the pre-tertiary subsector for the approval of the President.

This follows President Akufo-Addo’s address to the nation on Sunday, August 16, which disclosed government’s intention to consider the reopening of schools after the shutdown in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic breakout.

A statement from the Ministry signed by the Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng, said the Minister at a ceremony charged the committee to bring their expertise and experience to bear and consult all stakeholders on the way forward on all relevant issues.

The Committee, chaired by Professor Dominic Fobih, a former Minister of Education and currently the Chairman of the GETFund Board of Trustees, has representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, UNICEF, the private school sector and parents.

The Committee, the statement said, was expected to report to the Minister on Monday, September 21, 2020, on its recommendations.

Dr Prempeh thanked the Committee for accepting the important national assignment.

Prof. Fobih thanked the Minister for entrusting them with the responsibility and gave him an assurance that the Committee would be diligent in all its deliberations and learn lessons from the recent limited reopening for final year students.

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