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Final-year Legon students to stay home despite changes to COVID-19 restrictions

University of Ghana, Legon

Final-year students of the University of Ghana, Legon are to remain at home despite the easing of coronavirus restrictions in changes announced on 31 May 2020.

On Sunday, President Akufo-Addo gave the greenlight for final-year students in universities, junior high and senior high schools to return to campus after months of closure because of the novel coronavirus.

In his tenth address to the nation, the president said: “From Monday, 15 June 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the teacher unions, whose co-operation I salute, to reopen schools and universities to allow for final-year junior high, senior high and university students to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.

“Indeed, final-year university students are to report to their universities on 15 June; final-year senior high school (SHS3) students, together with SHS2 Gold Track students, on 22 June; and final-year junior high school (JHS3) students on 29 June.

“JHS3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students, SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students, and university lectures will take place with half the class sizes.”

But management of the University of Ghana have issued a statement saying the institution will continue its online tuition as scheduled.

Open choice

“The university’s ongoing Online Teaching and Learning Programme for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year will progress as planned,” said the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo.

This means that examinations for all students, including those in their final year, which were scheduled to commence on 8 June and run to 3 July 2020, will “proceed as originally planned”.

The university says arrangements are, however, being made to receive registered final-year students who may wish to relocate to the campuses of the university to make use of on-campus resources from 15 June until 3 July, which is the end of the examination period.

On the other hand, final-year sandwich students will be allowed back to campus to continue and complete their final semester from 15 June 2020.

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