- The total death toll of students from the KUMACA situation risen over the last few days
- Concerned parents have tried to retrieve their wards from the school
- An MP has urged parents of the deceased students to take the state to court
The parents of the deceased students of the Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) have been urged to file a suit against the authorities of the school.
The advice was given by the Member of Parliament for South Dayi in the Volta Region, Rockson Dafeamekpor, who said the parents should demand answers for the death of their children.
"Someone has to answer for these deaths because the parents were assured that their wards would be safe in the school but the contrary has happened,” Mr. Dafeamekpor said.
According to him, the parents have been betrayed by the management of the school, as they stood by while the children died.
In a report by Ghana Crusader, the MP in an interview further stated: “I was assured that the conditions prevailing in the boarding house are such that my son’s health will not be at risk and under those I agree to leave him and now he dies, someone should be telling me something. I should have a remedy against the state. So I think, Parents of those children must begin to initiate legal action against the state and then officials will wake up.”
Meanwhile, the Kumasi Academy is set to be closed down indefinitely, following the outbreak of an unknown disease that has so far, caused the deaths of about 13 students since April this year.
According to the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, the situation will be brought before the Ministry of Education to request a closure of the school to allow for a screening of the environment to determine the cause of the deaths.
In this week alone, four students have died from the unknown disease, and about 25 students are on admission at the KNUST hospital.
Concerned parents have besieged the school to withdraw their wards as the situation has caused much anxiety among the students and their families.
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