According to a press release from the joint operation the Ghana Health service and Ghana Education Service, about Fifty-five (55) students and staff at the Accra Girls’ Senior High School have tested positive for COVID-19.
Accra Girls’ Senior High School is among the list of schools that have recorded cases of the virus two weeks after the government reopened schools for final year students to go and write their final exist exams.
Media reports indicates that, Last week parents besieged the school to take their children home after six students tested positive for COVID-19 but were denied access to their wards by a joint military and police forces.
Many Ghanaians have added their voice to the call of shutting down schools to enable the students come back home but have proved futile.
The National Democratic Congress’ COVID-19 technical team on Monday called on the government to immediately shut down schools to prevent more students from contracting the Coronavirus disease.
But According to the PRO for the Education Ministry, the cases being recorded in the few schools doesn’t warrant a closure.
In a statement, the COVID-19 technical team stated that cases were spreading among students in various schools across the country and called on the government to value the lives of the students by reversing the decision to reopen schools.
“The lives of Ghanaian students, teachers and non-teaching staff should be valued equally, and Government must take immediate steps to reverse its decision and to begin the process of returning students to their homes.
“This will necessarily include mass testing of students to ascertain their COVID-19 status before they are released to their parents, to minimize the risk of exporting cases from campuses to communities” the statement said.
However, a total number of 314 persons were tested and out of which 55 tested positive and 259 tested negative.
By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com