All schools within the Kumasi metropolis in the Ashanti Region are to be closed down on Thursday, January 19, the Ghana Education Service has directed.
The decision, contained in a statement, forms is part of measures put in place to ensure smooth funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia SerwaaKobiAmpem II who will be buried on Thursday.
The 111-year-old Asantehemaa who reigned for 39 years, died on November 11, 2016. She was the 14 queenmother of the Asante Kingdom since 1695 after the late Nana Ama SerwaaNyarko II who reigned from 1945 to 1977.Funeral rites for the late Asantehemaa started on Monday, January 16 at the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the Asante Kingdom, where she has been laid in state for mourners across the world to pay their last respect.
She will be buried at Breman in Kumasi on Thursday.
Residents have since Monday been warned not to go out between the hours of 6:00pm and 3:00am until after January 20 when the curtain will be drawn on the funeral rites.