The chairman of the Conference Of Heads Of Assisted Secondary Schools has emphatically stated that final year students will not be allowed to go home despite the reported cases of fresh COVID infections in some senior high schools across the country.
During an interview with JoyNews, Alhaji Yakubu Abubakar indicated that looking at the current statistics, it would not be wise to send the students home since the cases are comparatively low to necessitate closure of schools. He further averred that the number of senior high schools that have been supplied with personal protective equipments is very high, with just a few yet to receive fresh supplies from the ministry. He directed that schools that are yet to be supplied are to contact their respective district directors of education.
The number of senior high schools that have recorded cases of the virus remains at 10 at Monday morning.
In the Volta Region alone a total of 4 schools have recorded cases of COVID 19. They are Bishop Herman SHS, Mawuli School, Mawuko Girls ans Dabala SHS. Concerns have been raised as to whether it is expedient to close schools and effectively halt the writing of the final exams by final year students. Some parents out of panic have gone for their wards out of fear , despite the reassurances by government to protect the final year students.
It will be recalled that the government directed final year students to go back to their various schools to prepare for the final exams. The opposition and other civil society organizations kicked against such a move, citing it as a politically motivated move for the government to garner votes.
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