Senior high schools in Ghana re-opened on June 22, 2020, to prepare final students for their exit exams
- Few days after they returned to school, there were various media reports of some schools in the Central Region recording cases of COVID-19
- 13, 3 and 7 students of Mfantseman girls, Adisadel College and Apam Senior High School respectively were rumored to have tested positive for COVID-19
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The partial reopening of schools as announced by President Akufo-Addo in his 11th address was to allow for final year students in second cycle institutions to be taught in preparedness for their exit examinations.
Following the announcement, the schools were re-opened on June 22, 2020 with the president clearly stating some directives outlined for students to adhere to in order to keep safe.
Few days after final year students returned to school to prepare for their exit examinations, there were various media reports of some schools in the Central Region recording cases of COVID-19.
According to social media reports, 13 students of Mfantseman girls, 3 students from Adisadel College and 7 students of Apam Senior High School tested positive for COVID-19.
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As expected, fear and panic run amok, as worried parents began calling the schools to enquire as to whether the information was true or not.
The headmistress of the Adisadel College has debunked news reports that 3 of her students had contracted the coronavirus disease. According to her, to the best of her knowledge, none of her students had reported with the disease.
Madam Phyllis Arthur in an interview with Joy news stated that there was no truth in what was making rounds that 13 students of Mfantseman Girls Senior High had gotten infected.
In Apam Senior High School, authorities also denied stories that claimed that 7 of the students had tested positive for the virus.
Deputy Central Regional Director of Health in charge of Public Health, Dr. Godfred Sarpong, also confirmed and established the claims made by authorities of all 3 school heads that no such reports have come from the three schools.
The facts presented by heads of the three second cycle institutions as well as the Deputy Central Regional Director of Health in charge of Public Health prove that the claims made by several news reports were false.
In other news, some final year students of Suhum Senior High and Technical School (SUTESCO) in the Eastern Region were left stranded for reporting to school late.
The students, numbering over 70, were prevented from entering the school's premises for reporting after 5 pm.
The students who reportedly resided outside Suhum were asked to sleep outside the campus and return the next day at the right time.
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