Students of Accra Girls Senior High school are protesting to put pressure on the management of the school to allow them to go home following reports that six of their colleagues have contracted COVID-19.
Students are gathered on the schools’ premises in the hope that their parents will come and take them home. The infected students were isolated in the school’s sickbay on Monday, June 29, 2020, together with some other students who also showed symptoms of COVID-19.
Health officials from the Ayawaso North Health directorate on Saturday, July 4, moved the students who tested positive to the Ga East Municipal Hospital for treatment. This development has led to the students demonstrating amidst fears that the virus is spreading amongst them.
The students, who gathered outside their classrooms, kept chanting: “We’ll go home.” Anxious parents have also trooped to the school to try and take their wards home. Police officers have been deployed to the school to prevent the agitated parents from entering the school premises.
Speaking to journalists, a parent said: “I heard the news last night, so, I rushed here to find out what was happening… I’m anxious and scared and, so, we need the school authorities to tell us something.”
According to some of the parents, no student was tested when schools resumed. They believe this is the cause of the current problem. Final-year Junior and Senior High School students returned to school in June 2020 to prepare for their final examinations.
The schools were initially shut down in March because of the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s COVID-19 case count has crossed the 20,000-mark after the confirmation of 697 new cases. Ghana’s total case count is now 20,085 as of Sunday, 5 July 2020. The Greater Accra Region still tops the list with 10,979 cases, out of which 2,501 are active, whiles the Ashanti Region has a total of 4,244 cases.
The results are from samples that were taken between 16 June and 1 July 2020, according to the GHS. Also, five more persons have died from the disease taking the total death toll to 122. The total number of active cases is now 5,093.