The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Kwesi Obeng Fosu responding to calls for the government to dismiss students to go home has said the Government of Ghana never promised to provide health personnel at the various schools.
Kwesi Obeng Fosu’s comment follows a claim by the National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations indicating that the government promised to provide health personnel to various schools as school reopens partially.
The spokesperson in an interview with Kwame Afrifa Mensah on the ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show on Happy FM monitored by Georgeweb.org said the statement issued by the Association indicating that the Akufo-Addo government promised to provide health personnel at the various schools is untrue.
The Public Relations Officer explained that; “We directed that some classrooms should be set aside for isolation centres. If a student shows symptoms, isolate the student immediately and call the health facility that has been mapped to your school”
He continued that “We have provided ambulance numbers for the school authorities to call when such situations occur. We never promised to bring health personnel to the schools as they have mentioned in their statement”.
The Ministry’s spokesperson furthered that “We never promised to bring health personnel to the schools as they have mentioned in their statement. The President stated that all schools have been mapped to a health facility. So you will have to contact the medical experts when you suspect a COVID-19 case. Yours is to isolate those suspected to have COVID-19 cases”.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa following calls for school closure has said keeping the students in schools is a step in the right direction.
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.