Following recent developments after Senior High Schools reopened for final year students, the government has decided to set up a Covid 19 subcommittee task force to handle challenges in the schools.
Some schools are reported to have recorded some cases of Covid 19. Notably among them include Wesley Senior High School in Kumasi, Accra Girls Senior High School. Additionally, is the recent death of a student at the KNUST SHS that has culminated into the interdiction of the headmistress.
Therefore, the Covid 19 subcommittee would be responsible for monitoring events in the various schools until the eight weeks are due. Also, the regional monitoring would be aided by this committee as well.
In a statement today, during the regular Ministry of Information’s address on the state’s fight against Covid-19, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, sector minister revealed.
“The president has tasked a subcommittee of the COVID-19 Presidential taskforce to be set up to quickly address challenges that may arise in the next eight weeks while final year students are in school.”
Moreover, he acknowledged some systemic gaps in the execution of the Covid-19 safety protocols in the schools. Addressing that he said that the committee is to help bridge that gap.
“The committee would also ensure that guidelines of campus quarantine are strictly enforced and any gaps swiftly addressed where incidents are suspected.”
Challenges facing reopening for final years so far as Covid 19 subcommittee is being set up to address more challenges in the next 8 weeks.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah also allayed the fears of parents by encouraging them to contact 311 for any assistance. According to him, the Covid-19 call centre has been upgraded with more staff to allow quick action to be expedited.
“So if you are a parent and you are reading a story online and you are hearing something, we encourage you to call 311 from tomorrow. Dedicated officers are being put there to help connect parents to the schools to validate whether some of the reports are true,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah noted.
However, according to the minister, this is to prevent parents from trooping into the schools.
Among many challenges so far, one student has died as a result of a complication with his health. Unfortunately, the headmistress of the KNUST SHS has been interdicted to pave for further investigations as there was a huge protest in the school following the death of the student.
Secondly, about 8 persons, comprising 6 students, a teacher and her spouse have been infected with Covid-19. It is against this background that the committee has been set up.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI