The Ministry of Education has directed all students of Accra Girls’ Senior High school to undergo mass testing for the novel coronavirus following constant cases of coronavirus in the school.
On Sunday, July 5, 2020, Georgeweb.org reported that 6 students of the Accra Girls’ Senior High school have tested positive for the deadly virus, later yesterday a teacher and spouse also reportedly tested positive for the virus.
The Ministry’s decision for students to undergo mass testing for the novel virus follows pressure from the general public, parents, and guardians who stormed the school yesterday, requesting for the release of their kids.
The Ayawaso North Municipal Director of Education, Mr. Harry Evans Arthur in an interview with the Daily Graphic said after a closed-door meeting with parents and guardians in the school yesterday, it has been agreed for a mass testing of students and staff to be conducted.
The Director of Education said parents of the infected students had been contacted and updated of their wards condition.
Mr. Harry added that the affected persons, six students, a teacher, and the spouse had been transferred to the Ga East Hospital for isolation.
He gave assurance that the management of the Hospital would give the coronavirus victims the best of treatment and care.
According to him, the Education Ministry’s outlined protocols for the partial school reopening made it possible for the early detection of the cases.
He entreated the general public particularly parents to exercise patience, as the management put effective measures in place to tamp down the spread of the disease.
Mr. Harry Evans Arthur furthered that the refusal by the Accra Girls’ management to release students to their parents was for the benefit of the parents.
“If you take your child away today and it happens that she has been infected with the virus, you are, in effect, risking your family and the whole community. So let’s all remain calm and let health officials do the mass testing to see the outcome.
“We will do everything in our power to protect the children. Know that your children are safe here and they are being well protected,” he said.
He further disclosed that school management had spoken to the students to calm them down, adding that the GES and the Health officials would also provide counseling services for the students.