Authorities of Ho Technical University in the Volta Region, have warned continuing students who would be reporting to campus on Sunday, August 23, 2020, that they will be booted out of campus, should they fail to adhere to government's COVID-19 safety protocol measures.
According to authorities, the university is set for the resumption of school activities for second year continuing students, amidst the global pandemic virus, but rules governing the disease spread, will be enforced strictly and anyone who flouts them, will face the consequence by being sent back home.
The Registrar, Dr. Chris Amehoe, who made the disclosure during a disinfection exercise last Friday by waste management company Zoomlion, said the consequence of infecting others, is so dire that they will not allow the few recalcitrant ones to do as they please.
"In addition to the education and reprimand, if we see that you are consistent in not wearing your nose mask or facemask, it means that you are a danger to the other students, so if you are a residential student, we will ask you to go home, because your continuous stay in the hall of residence with the others, poses a danger to them. So, that is the sort of sanction, we can give you to leave your colleagues in peace".
The reopening of tertiary schools, follows announcement by President Akufo-Addo a week ago, after final year students completed their exit examination weeks ago, after schools were shutdown in March, following the outbreak of the deadly virus this year.
Per the directive, students are expected to report to campus on Monday, but the Registrar said the University, has chosen to get the students to report a day ahead as they can no longer wait.
Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Edward Ayimey, said the University has put in place several measures to ensure that the students report and stay on campus to study without any challenges. In that regard, a COVID-19 response and emergency team is on standby ready to take care of any unexpected eventuality.
Mr Edward Ayimey, said as was done for the final year students, a lot of education will be rolled out for the second years so that they will not be complacent, while staying on campus to study.
There will also be posters at the various halls and academic facilities "to remind everybody about the need to be safe, put on their facemask, not shaking hands, hugging each other etc".
On Tuesday, students will go through an orientation programme, to intensify the education on COVID-19 safety protocols. He expressed immense gratitude to government and the Ministry of Education for the exercise.
Medical Director of the University, Redeemer Fiebor, said there would be major arrangement for residential students, who will be screened immediately they get to the entrances at the halls and their data taken before they enter into their halls of residence.
"Then with those who are residing off campus, we shall be checking them regularly at all the entrances to the university facility then at lecture halls just before they enter, we will be checking them", he said.
Dr. Fiebor, said provision have been made for regular hand washing, use of alcohol-based sanitizer. Additionally, the University's clinic has been beefed up with more staff and other equipments to act as a holding centre for suspected cases. Dr. Fiebor, said the University will again engage Zoomlion to do the same disinfection exercise the moment first year students also come in.
Vice Principal of the Holy Spirit College of Education at Ho, Kwesi Oppong Brenya, said second year students are expected on campus by August 30, 2020, after studying virtual over the period that they stayed at home as a result of the virus.
Mr Oppong Brenya, said the students will be doing more of revision before writing their examination. He said the disinfection exercise became crucial, because the final year students used the facility a while ago.
Volta and Oti Regional General Manager for Zoomlion, Solomon Denyo, said the exercise will cover all 18 colleges of education, technical university and UHAS and other places of interest.
Mr Denyo, noted the disinfection exercise though not first of its kind since the outbreak of the virus, is to serve as "precautionary measure" since final year students have used the various facilities before.
Some seven districts and municipalities within the two regions being Ho, Ho West, Akatsi South, North Dayi, Hohoe, Krachie East, will benefit from the exercise.
A total of 300 personnel with spraying machines, were deployed for the exercise and they were expected to complete it by yesterday Sunday 23, 2020.