Shut Schools Down To What End?- NAPO Rules Out Closure

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Pressure is mounting on government to close down schools again after covid-19 infection were recorded but the Minister of Education has ruled out any shut down.

Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh also known as NAPO, who himself tested positive for the disease said it was best to keep the children in school than allow them to go home.

“You want us to close down the schools to what end? Nobody in the school contracted the virus from the schools. They all brought it from home. If you look at the protocols in place where do you think is better to isolate and quarantine?

“So I disagree with those calling for the closure of schools. I won’t agree with them today nor tomorrow,” he said in an interview on Peace FM, monitored by theghanareport.com.

There have been growing calls for schools across the country to be shut down after some cases were detected in some facilities.

President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Kabonu, was among those who called for the closure over fears of a possible outbreak among children.

But NAPO said those calling for the closure of the schools must think of the vulnerable students who stand the chance of being raped when they stay home.

“We have over 1.2 million children in schools now. How many of them have contracted the virus? So should we send all the children home? You and I (host of the show) can afford to go for our children from the schools to stay at home because we are not ordinary Ghanaians.

“There are those who will be raped when they stay at home and that could be the end of their dreams. There are those who won’t have food to eat at home when schools are shut. Have we thought about those children? he quizzed.

He said he would be a bad person if he recommends the closure of schools over the disease.

Some schools, including the Accra Girls’ Senior High School, reported cases of COVID-19.

The school recorded the first case on June 29, after some students showed signs of the infection. They were later taken to the Ga East Municipal Hospital for treatment on Saturday, July 4.

Further laboratory analysis showed that six students were carriers of the coronavirus.

Briefing the media Tuesday, July 7, Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Pre-Tertiary, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said: “The school has isolated 648 contacts.”

Meanwhile, Ghana recorded another jump in its COVID-19 cases after it recorded 854 new cases, bringing the cumulative case count to 22,822.

17,564 people have either recovered or discharged. Per the update provided by the Ghana Health Service’s website, the death toll still stands at 129 as at July 9, 2020.

24 persons are in severe condition, eight (8) in critical condition, and five (5) are on ventilators.

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