COVID-19: Socio-Economic Impact in Ghana
Impact on Ghana's Education
This brief focuses on the impact of the Corona virus pandemic on Education in Ghana.
As of 6th May 2020, UNESCO estimated that 177 countries have closed schools nationwide, impacting over 1.2 billion learners globally, who are mainly children and youth. School closures in the context of COVID 19 have been necessary across the globe to slow the spread of the disease and mitigate the effects on health systems.
On the 15th of March, President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered the closure of all education institutions in Ghana, effecting some 9.2 million basic school students (kindergarten, primary and junior high schools) and 0.5 million tertiary education students.
By the 10th May, Ghana had recorded 4,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Health experts have predicted that there will be an upsurge in the number of confirmed cases in the coming weeks due in part to increased testing. This implies that the closure of the schools might extend to a longer period than expected.