COVID-19: SHS students need clinical education – Akwasi Osei

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority Dr Akwasi Osei says senior high school students need clinical education to enable them prepare for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the wake of COVID-19.

“The point is, one is not sure when things will return to normal so we should make the best out of the circumstance. Some kind of clinical education will be needed for the students to calm down,” he told sit-in host of Morning Starr Lantam Pappanko.

It comes in the wake of rising figures of COVID-19 cases in Senior High Schools across the country.

So far, Fifty-five (55) students and staff at the Accra Girls’ Senior High School have tested positive for the virus, a joint statement the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service has confirmed.

Accra Girls’ Senior High School is among the list of schools that have recorded cases of the virus two weeks after the government reopened schools for final year students.

Last week parents besieged the schools to take their children home after six students initially tested positive for COVID-19.

There has been growing calls from a section of the public for schools to be closed down.

The National Democratic Congress’ COVID-19 technical team on Monday called on the government to immediately shut down schools to prevent more students from contracting the coronavirus disease.

In a statement, the COVID-19 technical team stated that cases were spreading among students in various schools across the country and called on the government to value the lives of the students reversing the decision to reopen schools.

“The lives of Ghanaian students, teachers and non-teaching staff should be valued equally, and Government must take immediate steps to reverse its decision and to begin the process of returning students to their homes.

“This will necessarily include mass testing of students to ascertain their COVID-19 status before they are released to their parents, to minimize the risk of exporting cases from campuses to communities.”

 

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh

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