Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa remarks follow calls from some concern groups, stakeholders, and the NDC opposition party for the government to consider closing down schools as COVID-19 keeps spreading fast among the students in some Senior High Schools in the country.
But the Director-General speaking at the weekly Press conference on Tuesday, July 14 said the government keeping the students in schools is the best option.
Meanwhile, a joint statement issued by the Ghana Education Service and Ghana Health Service copied to Georgeweb.org confirmed that at least 55 students of the Accra Girls Senior High School (SHS) have tested positive for the locally transmitted coronavirus.
Against this background majority of the citizenry are calling the Akufo-Addo government to direct for the closure of schools, postponed the 2020 WASSCE and BECE for school candidates and dismissed the students to go home.
The opposition NDC party on Monday, July 13, 2020, in a release, petitioned the government to value the lives of the students and close down schools immediately.
But according to the Prof. Opoku Amankwa, health experts have advised that dismissing the over 250, 000 students home could lead to a surge in the country cases.
“Schools closure from the health point is not the best option, it is best we keep them in schools because if we decide to dismiss them go home then we might as well close down the whole country…from what we have been told they are asymptomatic, so they are able to go about their studies.”
The Director-General continued that “we are hoping that when they get to the exam time because we have two or three weeks before they write exams, all issues will subside…but sending them home will be disastrous.”