COVID-19: Shut down schools, suspend WASSCE and BECE – National PTA to government

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The National Council of Parent-Teacher Association has asked government to suspend the upcoming West African Senior Secondary Examination (WASSCE), as well as the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), and allow final year students to return home.

After almost 10 weeks of closure, final year students across the country returned to school on June 22, 2020,  following a presidential directive.

Since the resumption of academic activities, there have been reported cases of SHS students  contracting COVID-19. Notably, the Accra Girls’ Senior High School where 8 persons tested positive for the virus, including six students. It is however alleged that the figure may be more than eight.

Other schools with reported cases of COVID-19 include Archbishop Porter Girls, Ahantaman SHS, St. Johns SHS, Shama SHS, Nsein SHS, Diabene SHS and Adiembra SHS.

In the wake of this development, the National PTA Council insists that “the schools should be closed down (and the children sent home) to avert further spreading of the Coronavirus among among our children and staff.”

A statement signed by the President of the National PTA Council, Alexander Danso notes that, “in the current circumstances, the children are psychologically unstable and would therefore, not be of sound mind to write the WASSCE and BECE examinations and come out successfully. We therefore, suggest that these examinations be postponed till the situation is brought under control.”

According to the Council, its demands are informed by close monitoring of the COVID-19 situation in schools. Per the monitoring, safety protocols are being blatantly flouted and some schools are yet to receive Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as promised by government.

Find below a copy of the statement by the National Council of Parent-Teacher Association:

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