The Ghana Education Service (GES) says this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) will move forward as planned despite concerns raised about the spread of COVID-19.
Madam Cassandra Twum Ampofo, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the GES speaking to Accra based Citi FM on Thursday, July 9, 2020, said nothing has changed from the initial plan to go ahead with the exams.
“We’re going ahead with the WASSCE, we’ve not received any directive to hold on. We are going to conduct the exams and WAEC is preparing for that.”
She added the GES is also in constant contact with school authorities to get reports of suspected cases and to ensure that all students are safe as they prepare for their exams.
“We get reports from our heads, and currently, I can confirm the ones at Mfantsipim and Konongo Senior High School but we are not aware of Odogorno. It came out yesterday but it’s not true and so we receive such reports from the schools.”
“We have holding rooms in all the schools and we have trained health personnel there so when they come across any COVID-19 symptoms, the person is isolated. We have also mapped all schools to a health facility.” – she concluded
Covid-19 in schools
The Ghana Health Service reported that a teacher at Accra Girls Senior High School and spouse, together with six students tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The news was made public in a joint statement issued by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Monday, July 6, 2020.
Following reports that some students had tested positive at the school, some parents stormed the school to take their wards home but were prevented by personnel from the Ghana Police Service.
There has also been reports across the country that some schools have recorded cases but the GES and GHS are yet to confirm this.