- President Akufo-Addo has suspended the mounting of parades as part of activities to mark Ghana’s 64th Independence Day
- The directive was issued from the Presidency on February 11
- The directive is in line with measures put in place to avoid large gatherings as the country continues to deal with COVID-19
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The independence day celebrations in Ghana is mostly synonymous with well rehearsed and coordinated parades from various schools across the country.
This year's independence day celebration would not see that happening as the cases of the coronavirus disease is still surging.
In view of that, President Akufo-Addo has suspended the mounting of parades as part of activities to mark Ghana’s 64th Independence Day celebration.
Per this directive, this will be the first time in the history of our country's independence day celebrations that no parade will be held. As stated in the president's own words, 'we are not in normal times'
According to a Ghana Education Service (GES) memo sighted by YEN.com.gh, the directive was issued from the Presidency on February 11.
The directive is in line with measures put in place by Akufo-Addo himself to avoid large gatherings as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
He reimposed the ban on social gatherings as part of measures to curtail the surge in COVID-19 cases in Ghana.
All Metropolitan, Municipal and District Education Directors and Heads of all schools have, through their Regional Education Directors, been asked to comply with the directive.
“Management of the Ghana Education Service wishes to inform all Regions that the 64th Independence Anniversary Parade on the 6th March 2021 has been suspended forthwith across the country,” GES noted in the memo.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s active cases of COVID -19 as of Monday, February 15, 2021, was 7,850 after 656 new infections.
Greater Accra, Ashanti and Eastern Regions continue to lead the chart of areas with a high number of cases.
In other news, despite the surge in the COVID-19 cases, the Education Minister-designate, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has backed the government’s decision to keep schools open.
According to him, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) are doing all they can to ensure students are protected from the virus
He made this known when he faced Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Thursday, February 11, to be vetted for the Education Minister portfolio.
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