Following the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, some final year Junior High School students in the Ho Municipality of the Volta Region has urged the Government of Ghana to conduct compulsory COVID-19 testing in all Basic schools across the country.
The 2020 BECE candidates who reported to school today to continue their academic work and prepare for the forthcoming examination said they were happy to return but were afraid as they did not know the status of each other, consequently the call for mandatory COVID-19 testing.
Some of the students in an interview with the Ghana News Agency admitted that though they would adhere to the necessary safety protocols to slow the spread of the virus but insisted that there is a need for the test as they were coming from different places.
They also petitioned the management of various Junior High schools across the country to ensure adequate preventive measures are put in place to protect the safety of the prospective candidates during their 11 weeks stay and within their examination period should the pandemic still exist.
According to the News Agency, they witness Veronica buckets filled with water, tissue papers, liquid soaps, and alcohol based hand sanitizers placed at vintage points and entrances of classrooms to encourage the regular hand washing protocols.
It added that students and teachers were also seen in face masks, with “NO MASK, NO ENTRY” boldly written on classrooms.
The Headmistress of Kabore JHS told the GNA that her school was ready to continue with academic activities in observance to the preventive measures against the novel disease.
She said it’s mandatory in her school for both teachers and students to check their temperature before allowed entry into classrooms.
The Headmistress added that no visitor would also be welcomed in the school, according to her any student who left the school to town would not be allowed to return to school.