Gov’t orders shutdown of all public, private universities over COVID-19

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo directs the shutdown of all public and private universities

All public and private universities will be shut down effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

This was announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday as part of government’s measures to address the growing cases of coronavirus infection in the country.

Four more cases have been recorded in Ghana, bringing the total to six COVID-19 cases, the President has said.

Ghana records a total of six cases of coronavirus infection

As part of enhanced measures to tackle the disease taken by an Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID – 19, the President has directed all schools in the country to be closed down.

Also, churches services, conferences and funerals have been suspended for the next four weeks.

But private funerals for a maximum of 25 people would be permitted.

President Akufo-Addo has explained these measures have been put in place in the interest of public safety.

“All Universities, Senior High Schools, and basic schools, i.e. public and private schools, will be closed Monday, 16th March 2020, till further notice,” the president said.

He said the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, will roll out distance learning programmes for the schools.

“However, BECE and WASSCE candidates will be allowed to attend school to prepare for their examinations, but with prescribed social distancing protocols,” President Akufo-Addo said.

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