Schools would remain open despite increase in COVID-19 cases - Adutwum

Schools would remain open despite increase in COVID-19 cases - Adutwum

- Education Minister-designate, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has backed the government’s decision to keep schools open

- According to him, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) are doing all they can to ensure students are safe

- Adutwum also gave the assurance that all schools both public and private will benefit from the distribution of PPEs to fight against the spread of the virus in schools

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Since the reopening of schools in January 2021, health authorities have recorded confirmed coronavirus cases in various institutions.

Prominent amongst them is the Akosombo International School in Eastern Region where 77 cases have so far been recorded.

Despite the surge in the COVID-19 cases, the Education Minister-designate, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has backed the government’s decision to keep schools open.

Schools would remain opened despite COVID-19 confirmed cases - Adutwum
Education Minister-designate, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum
Source: UGC

According to him, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) are doing all they can to ensure students are protected from the virus.

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“and they are doing a very good job in terms of getting ahead of the environment and with that, I will not say schools should be closed down,” he said.

He made this known when he faced Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Thursday, February 11, to be vetted for the Education Minister portfolio.

Adutwum also gave the assurance that all schools both public and private will benefit from the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPEs) in the fight against the spread of the deadly virus in schools.

President Akufo-Addo in one of his addresses to the nation on COVID-19 measures announced that from Friday, January 15, schools would be reopened for academic exercise to begin.

The news was met with a lot of mixed reactions. On one hand, the students were happy that their long stay at home was coming to an end as they get to return to their normal school routines again. '

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On the other hand, most parents were also not too sure if that was a good decision the government had taken since the virus was not completely out of the system.

Still on coronavirus, 12 more people in Ghana have succumbed to the virus, pushing the country’s fatality tally to 494.

A total of 554 new COVID-19 cases were also recorded, shooting up the active cases to 6,948.

The statistics also revealed that currently, there are 113 people in severe condition with 29 people in critical condition.

The Greater Accra Region leads with the highest number of active cases accounting for 3,741 infections.

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