A poll conducted by Teacher Tapp, a Ghana Education Service (GES) daily survey of teachers across Ghana has discovered that 90% of teachers in the country support mandatory COVID-19 testing of schools.
This follows from reported concerns that schools are causing COVID-19 to spread in a way that cannot be effectively managed and that schools should consequently be closed.
Teachers, according to another Teacher Tapp poll, also prefer for schools to remain open as the government considers the testing of students for the locally transmitted coronavirus. The government also clearly supports schools remaining open.
The calls for mandatory testing indicate that if schools do remain open, changes do need to be made to ensure that staff and students are confident about their own safety while they are in various Senior High Schools.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister, Mr. Kwaku Agyemang Manu commenting on mass testing of students, said such move was not the panacea to the situation, adding that it would overwhelm the testing centres who were already dealing with a backlog of test results.
He rather assured that the Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health, and other members under the auspices of the Government of Ghana will fight the disease and do things that would solve the challenges and protect the children.
Mr. Kwaku Agyemang Manu said no one could predict when the pandemic would end, so shutting down schools was not a step in the right direction, but to confront the challenge head-on.
“We all care about them because some of us have kids in the senior high schools”. he added.
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