The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) says the Service is considering options to ensure that final year Senior High School students return back home after completing their WASSCE.
The Education Service said it is liaising with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to put adequate measures in place for the benefit of the prospective candidates waiting to sit for their final examination in August.
Professor Opoku Amankwa who announced this among other measures said his outfit is considering for all students to undergo a compulsory quarantine before being permitted to go home.
Speaking on Citi TV’s Face to face, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service said “when the candidates complete the WASSCE, they will definitely go home. The conversation is that the Ghana Health Service will put in whatever contingency measure in place before they go home”.
“The Ghana Health Service will brief us the details but maybe when the students are going home, some arrangement will be made for them to be quarantined. I had a conversation with the Ghana Health Service Director-General so obviously something will be done”.
Meanwhile, a joint statement by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) copied to Georgeweb.org confirmed that at least 55 students of the Accra Girls Senior High School have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Against the backdrop, some concerned groups and the opposition NDC party have called on the government to consider closing down reopened schools to protect other students from contracting the locally transmitted coronavirus.
The Director-General, however, condemned the calls for schools to be closed and students dismissed home, saying it will be disastrous should the government consider that option.
In the view of Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa students when allowed to go home will come back with the infections they have collected in the schools into the larger society for the bigger society to be infected. He questioned that “Is that what we want?”