COVID-19: Students are safer in schools than home but…ILAPI

Vice president of policy think tank Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) Evans Badu Boampong has argued that the dynamics of the coronavirus does not make it safe for final year students to be asked to return home.

Reacting to the call on the government to shutdown schools and cancel the upcoming West African Senior Secondary School Examination, he said the trend of the virus and its spread makes it dangerous to ask the students home.

Speaking in an interview on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he opined the challenge confronting the secondary schools is the inability of the government to provide adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the secondary schools.

He wants the government to make available all the needed resources to all the secondary schools so they can implement fully the safety protocols in place.

The environment in school he stressed makes it difficult for the students to move out of campus and go to turn where they could import the virus from.

When in their homes, the students could be sent to the market, go to church or attend to other errands for their parents, where contracting the virus is much easier,’ he opined.

”When you take a look at the dynamics and trend of t5he virus, the students are safer home. The parents who are home are market women, taxi or commercial drivers, nurses, doctors and other professionals who have come into contact with other people, and so they are not safe. When home, the children would be exposed to the virus.”

In a related development, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, has noted closing down schools would be disastrous.

Addressin g the weekly update by the Information Ministry on COVID-19, he said keeping the students in school is the best option.

“Closure of schools from the health point is not the best option, it is best we keep them in schools because if we decide to let them go home then we might as well close down the whole country…from what we have been told they are asymptomatic, so they are able to go about their studies.”

Prof. Opoku Amankwah added that “we are hoping that when they get to the exam time because we have two or three weeks before they write exams, all issues will subside…but sending them home will be disastrous.”

Fifty-five (55) students and staff of the Wesley Girls Senior High School have tested positive for coronavirus.


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