A deputy National Women’s Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Maame Efua Sekyi-Aidoo has urged parents to withdraw their children from the Senior High Schools across the country due to surge in COVID-19 infections in the institutions.
This comes after the government of Ghana rejected calls by a section of the public to close down the schools as a total of 14 SHSs in six regions out of the 16 in the country have so far recorded cases of the virus.
Despite about 55 students out of the over 300,000 students contracting the disease in some parts of the country, Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum kicked against the calls to shut the schools and get the pupils return to their parents, citing the situation may get out of control.
Reacting to the anger among a section of parents on Inside Politics on Power FM, Mrs Sekyi-Aidoo, a parent, bemoaned the posture of the Akufo-Addo government towards the parents who have raised serious concerns about the safety of their children.
“Why would the government do this to the children as the country’s cases keep rising?” she asked while denouncing the government.
“Most parents are worried about the safety of their wards because they are being prevented from seeing their wards. I will entreat all parents to go for their children and keep them at home. Parents know how to handle their children when they fall ill. Even if they don’t go to the hospital, they can get the right medicine from pharmacies for them,” the women’s leader told host King Nicholas Wednesday afternoon.
Maame Sekyiwaa-Aidoo’s call is significant because more Senior High Schools have recorded Covid-19 cases in recent times. Recently, parents thronged Accra Girls Senior High School for the release of their children, sparking controversies in the national capital.
Power FM news sources indicate that Mfantsipim School in cape Coast, Prang SHS in Prang in the Bono East region, Wesley Grammar and Odorgono SHS all in Accra have recorded cases of COVID-19.
four schools in the Volta Region – Mawuli SHS, Bishop Herman College, Mawuko Girls and Dabala SHS – are the latest to record Covid-19 cases.
The Western Regional Director of Health, Dr. Jacob Mahama has also confirmed to Joy news that new cases have been recorded in some schools in the Western Region.
Although the government has deployed a team of 200 personnel to monitor and contain the situation in the schools, calls to shut the schools have heightened due to the lack of confidence in the state’s management of the pandemic.
The government has reduced its testing for the virus while infected persons who are assymptomatic are discharged without thorough tests.