The President, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has suspended all 6th March parades by basic schools as part of activities to mark this year’s 64th Independence Day celebrations.
According to a Ghana Education Service (GES) memo sighted by newstodaygh.com, the directive came in a letter to the GES from the Presidency on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
The directive is in line with measures put in place by the President to avoid large gatherings as the country continues to deal with the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
To this end, all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Education Directors and Heads of all schools have, through their Regional Education Directors, been asked to comply with the presidential 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,” the GES stated in the release.
It said the directive came in a letter from the office of the Chief of Staff at the Presidency suspending this year’s independence day celebrations and all its related activities nationwide due to the high prevalence rate of COVID-19 cases in the country.
March 6, 1957 heralded the Independence Day of Ghana thus making it a national holiday celebrated yearly since our independence.
The day is granted as an official state holiday for the citizens of Ghana both within and in the diaspora to honour and celebrate the Heroes of Ghana who led the country to attain its independence.
The Independence Day is celebrated on March 6, every year and it is marked with parades mounted by school children from selected basic schools around the country.
This year’s celebration marks the 64th anniversary of Ghana’s independence, but it’s been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.