The National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations of Ghana (PTA) is urging the government to dispatch medical personnel to the various senior high schools to conduct periodic COVID-19 tests on students and staff.
This comes on the back of pockets of positive cases recorded at some senior high schools.
Accra Girls SHS, Konongo Wesley SHS and Mfanstiman Girls SHS are among the schools with confirmed cases of the virus.
The council says students are no safer at home than they are at school, hence, calls for schools to shut down and students sent home are unreasonable under the circumstances.
The President of the Council, Alexander Danso, who spoke on the Citi Breakfast Show, said the best alternative is for the government to institute the right steps towards ensuring the compliance of all safety protocols.
“You cannot even tell where the disease is coming from because some of the students travel long distances to the school and the teachers are also going up and down. A lot of people are saying the students should go back home but parents are going to be the losers. The voter registration exercise is compounding the situation.”
“If you go for your ward and he or she has contracted the virus, what do you do? you are endangering yourself. You take a vehicle, and the people in the vehicle are endangering their lives. You go to the house and you are endangering the family before you realize the disease has been spread”.
“The government promised to protect the students. What we will allow is for teachers to be disciplined in the school because we know that most of the measures have not been instituted in the schools so the government must walk the talk,” he added.
Calls for school closure
The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has said it expects Senior High Schools to shut down if recent health-related incidents continue.
In a statement, the group warned that if “the unfortunate happenings continue the closedown of the schools will be inevitable.”