Strict adherence to COVID 19 safety protocols and guidelines has become the norm for students as they return to school after restrictions were lifted last week.
The Daily Graphic paid a visit to some secondary schools across the country and observed that important protocols such as “ no mask, no entry, checking of temperature and placement of Veronica buckets to enable regular handwashing”, were activated at the entrances of all campuses as students arrived.
As early as 7 a.m. when the Daily Graphic team began their rounds, students had started arriving and by noon, most of them had reported, ready to go through the rest of the academic year to complete their programmes.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, told Daily Graphic’s Severious Kale-Dery that guidelines on how the heads should manage the schools had been shared with them and they were expected to follow them to the letter.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said all the personal protective equipment (PPE) had been dispatched to all schools and it was the expectation that every school would receive its allocation by the close of today.
Under the guidelines, apart from the prescribed protocols, students observe social distancing of at least one metre and avoid handshaking or body contact as well as register their details, including phone numbers with school authorities.