The president of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr Angel Carbonu is very angry over the interdiction of the KNUST SHS Headmistress.
Mr Carbonu who was speaking on Accra based Asempa FM raised a number of concerns over the interdiction. Major among his concerns was that rules binding the heads limit them from taking certain actions.
Furthermore, he also added that the headmistress had not committed any crime since it is the duty of health personnel to give directions as to how to handle emergency situations related to health.
“Now, there was no health person to take a decision based on knowledge on health. What crime has the headmistress committed? Now in the case of Accra Girls, the headmistress refused to allow the girl to go home. What template did you give to the head to follow? What was the checklist given to the head to follow that she has not followed?” he asked.
Moreover, he added that prior to the Covid-19 era, teachers and students were making sacrifices. He therefore noted that because of the presence of Covid-19, each person is being cautious in his or her dealings with suspected cases. As a result, he admitted that he saw no wrong in what the headmistress did.
Additionally, he gave other examples of some situations where some nurses were alleged to have abandoned a victim to her fate.
“Just confirm from anyone in the school if they were not taking students to the hospital before covid started? We are not in normal times, the headmistress was confused and the teachers too were confused. The way we used to manage children with malaria are we going to do the same for coronavirus?
NAGRAT President angry over interdiction as he alleges no training on handling COVID was not done for schools.
Secondly, he also chastised Educational and Health authorities for failing to teach teaching staff how to handle likely Covid-19 cases. However, Mrs Cassandra Twum, spokesperson for the Ghana Education Service, debunked that notion stating that training was provided.
“We said we have mapped each school to a health facility. In the situation of KNUST SHS the situation is different. There is a hospital not far from the school. However, we have Covid-19 response teams in the schools who have been trained” she stated.
Background of the story
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has interdicted the headmistress of the KNUST Senior High School, Felicia Asamoah Dankwaa following the demise of a final year student of the school on Tuesday.
Armed police were on Tuesday forced to restore calm on campus after students of the school went on a demonstration to express their displeasure over the incident.
The students accused school authorities of not attending to the sick boy, who complained of a stomach upset during the day.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI