Frequently Asked Questions

Per the President’s directives on the reopening of schools for JHS 2 and SHS 2 learners, the NIB held a stakeholder engagement with owners of some International Curricular Schools. Here are our most frequently asked questions concerning the President’s directives.
Only IB MYP 5 learners who are going to take the e-assessment are allowed to return to school for in-person class.
Any class of learners taking an external exit exam in mid 2021 is allowed to return to school but in the confines of the timeframe given in the President’s directives i.e. from 5th October to 14th December, 2020.
The COVID-19 Management Plan is only for schools that plan to reopen for their Exit Exam classes. It is however not a requirement for registration.
The NIB will engage the various levels to address specific needs related to the various levels under the Pre-Tertiary system.
If a school fulfils the basic requirement for reopening schools, the estimated number of days to receive feedback is three (3). An email will be sent to give approval to schools that meet the requirement to operate per the President’s directives.
If you offer the National Curriculum then you have to follow the Ghana Education Service (GES) Calendar. The Committee on the re-opening of schools will soon provide modalities for reopening to give schools some clarity on how to run.
Schools that do not have learners taking an exit exam can continue with virtual learning based on the President’s directives in March, 2020 that “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 Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes.” The NIB will however conduct virtual inspections to ensure that teaching and learning meet the highest quality standards.
The presidential committee on the reopening of schools will decide the calendar for the reopening of all schools. The NIB will engage International Curricular Schools to explain the directives of the president if it is not a straight forward directive to open all schools just like it was done for the reopening of schools for learners in JHS 2 and SHS 2.
The size and composition of the Health Advisory Committee will depend on the school. We advise that schools consider at least the following members:
  • A certified medical doctor or public health professional (even better if the person is the School Doctor or an expert in allied health/infectious disease management)
  • Nurses
  • The Principal and Members of the School Management/Leadership Team
  • School Board Chair or Representatives from the Board
  • School Counsellor/Psychologist
  • Members of Staff (especially trained/certified First Aid Givers)
  • Parents or PTA Representatives (ideally those that are health care professionals)
  • Head Prefects/Representatives of the Student Council
  • Head of Security
  • Senior House Master/House Mistress (for boarding school
We hope that whatever the composition, the School Management can be confident that the Health Advisory Committee can collectively lead, plan, coordinate, implement, promote, and support the school’s efforts towards the overall health and wellness for all staff and learners.
NaSIA does not expect schools to provide or arrange transportation for staff and learners. However, we recommend that schools that have the capacity (school buses/logistics) make transport arrangements for at least staff members who commute by public transport and might be more exposed to the virus. In fact, schools (especially boarding schools) may also consider on-campus accommodation for their essential staff especially if those staff members usually have close contact with learners.
Although sports and other recreational activities can be very beneficial, they pose a major risk of Covid-19 outbreaks. We therefore advise that schools cancel all sporting activities and avoid events that create crowded conditions. Non-contact sports are however permissible.
To avoid the risk of exposure, we do not recommend that learners leave school during school hours. As much as possible, schools should limit movement until school has closed and also restrict access to non-school staff.
No. However, we highly recommended engaging the services of credible and professional organizations to ensure the highest level of disinfection and safety on school campuses.
In your COVID-19 Management Plan, NaSIA, formerly NIB, requires you to present a document that explains the measures you have taken with respect to the following:
  • Preventing the travel of aerosols (spread of virus through the air)
  • Keeping clean hands at all times
  • Keeping a safe environment
  • Social distancing both in and outside the classroom
  • Routine temperature checks
  • Transportation for staff
  • Tracking of student absenteeism and possible causes
  • Database of staff and learners
  • Suspected positive case (if there will be)
If GES inspected your school before you reopened for final year learners, provide a document detailing the measures you put in place for the final year learners. The procedure used for final year learners may be replicated for SHS 2 and JHS 2 learners. Note that the plan should be modified to meet the requirements provided under the Question 14 above.
Kindly send your COVID-19 Management Plan to NaSIA via email,