More senior high schools (SHS) have recorded Covid-19 cases as the country’s overall case count continues to rise.
JoyNews has learnt that four schools in the Volta Region – Mawuli SHS, Bishop Herman College, Mawuko Girls and Dabala SHS – are the latest to record Covid-19 cases.
Fred Kwame Asare who visited these schools reports that Mawuli and Dabala SHSs have three cases each while Bishop Herman and Mawuko Girls have one, respectively.
But authorities have declined requests to speak on the issue.
Barely a month after government gave the directive for final year students to resume and complete the final phase of their education some students in Senior High Schools have contracted the Covid-19.
Accra Girls SHS was the first with eight cases – six students, a teacher and his spouse.
The Western Regional Director of Health, Dr. Jacob Mahama also confirmed new cases in the Western Region.
“It’s not only Arch Bishop Porter Girls,” he said after rumours started circualting over the weekend that the all-girls school has recorded some Covid-19 cases.
“They have only one case. There were 19 suspected cases and when we sent the samples to the lab, only one turned out to be positive and the rest are all negative.
“And social distancing is going well in school and everything is going on well. But we have other schools; about seven schools that we have got the confirmed cases including St. Johns SHS, and Ahantaman SHSs,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) believe that the situation is manageable although the Minority in Parliament is pilling pressure on government to close all schools again.
President of CHASS, Yakub Abubakari in an interview on JoyNews said “we think if it is reaching the level that schools are to be closed down we shall be directed by authorities to do that but for now looking at the cases that we are recording at the school level, compared to the totality of the schools we think it is still within manageable levels.”
He further indicated that schools are doing their best to manage cases recorded in various institutions.
“Now we go by the Covid-19 protocols. Where we suspect, we inform the facility that the school has been mapped to, the health facility will come and then test and take the students for treatment.
“That is how we are managing them for now, we are not keeping them in our schools,” he said.