The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) have officially acknowledged reports of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in some second cycle institutions including Accra Girls Senior High School.
According to a joint statement signed by the Director General of GES, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa and the Director General of GHS, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye, six (6) students, a teacher and spouse have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19.
“A team of experts from the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service have been to the school to put in the necessary control measures”, the statement indicated.
The statement explained that all contacts of confirmed cases have been identified and separated from non-contacts. Also, testing of all contacts has begun.
After schools were shutdown in this COVID-19 era, Government of Ghana asked final year students to go to school to prepare for their final examination as part of phasial measure to ease restrictions.
These reports of confirmed COVID-19 cases in second cycle institutions have created fear and anxiety in parents and the general public regarding the safety of their children.
The statement discouraged parents from taking their wards from school as it may increase chances of contagion.
“Whilst it is understandable that parents would be anxious about their children’s welfare and may besiege the schools to remove them, it is strongly advised that this is not helpful particularly because if a student is infected, there is a risk of further contagion in the community if he or she is taken out of school.”
Check the full statement below: