Fact check: GES has not set date for schools to reopen

Fact check: GES has not set date for schools to reopen

- There were claims that the Ghana Education Service has confirmed the date for basic and second cycle schools to reopen

- This claim is reportedly false and not credible

- Head of the Public Relations Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Cassandra Twum Ampofo rubbished the viral information

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There were some claims that the Ghana Education Service has confirmed dates for basic and second cycle schools to reopen to continue academic work.

This claim with its source being Manasseh TV GH is reportedly false according to checks by Ghanafact.com.

Meanwhile, the unaltered news clip by GhanaWeb is being presented in an inaccurate manner to misrepresent the footage and mislead viewers.

A video footage of the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa allegedly confirming the date schools across the country will reopen was circulated across social media.

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The said viral video clip was shared on YouTube by “Manasseh TV GH” on April 23, 2020, with the title “Finally: Resuming dates for all schools in Ghana are out. News from Director-General of GES.”

Om March 15, 2020, President Akufo-Addo, in a televised broadcast of his second address to the nation, announced that all educational activities should be suspended.

That was done in the bid to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.

Head of the Public Relations Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Cassandra Twum Ampofo stated in an interview with GhanaFact, rubbishing the claims in the said viral video.

“We have not made any decision on the reopening of schools. The video that is going around is actually an old video (old press conference) that we did. It has nothing to do with returning to school after COVID-19,” she said.

The original news clip by GhanaWeb was published on Aug 15, 2019, and was viewed 2,319 times.

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In other news, the laboratory at the University of Health and Allied Sciences would from today, Monday, April 27, 2020, start testing COVID-19 samples.

The UHAS lab would help reduce the workload on the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) as well as the Kumasi Centre for Research which have been at the forefront for testing COVID-19 collected samples.

This move is also in line with Ghana’s objectives of expanding its capacity for testing for the COVID-19.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: UHAS set to begin testing from April 27, 2020

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