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KNUST postpones reopening to prepare for Ebola

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has announced an indefinite suspension of reopening of the 2014/2015 academic year of the university.
KNUST stated: “the suspension is to enable the University to prepare adequately for reopening in view of the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG) Industrial action and the Ebola scare in the West Africa Region.”
The University attracts students from the region, including countries where cases of Ebola have been reported, such as Nigeria.
The University called for the cooperation of all members of the University’s community.
KNUST is the second public institution after University of Cape Coast (UCC) to postpone its reopening date.
Today, the Minister of Education, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, directed heads of all tertiary institutions, including private institutions, across the country to delay the start of the 2014-15 academic year by two weeks.
The directive was issued on the advice of the inter-ministerial committee on Ebola.
A statement by the Education Ministry said the two-week period would allow for measures, such as screening facilities, to be put in place at the institutions.
Heads of institutions are also to attend a meeting of the inter-ministerial team on Monday, 18 August, at the Flagstaff House.

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