Send students in school home – PTA to Gov’t

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The National Council of Parents Teachers Associations (NCPTAs) has appealed to government, to close down schools and send all students home immediately.

This, the Association says, will prevent the further spread of COVID-19 among students and staff in Senior High and Junior High Schools.

National President of the association, Alexander Yaw Danso, disclosed that the decision was taken at a recent National Executive Consultative meeting.

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The council of the association outlined seven lapses they have closely monitored and for which reason JHS 3, SHS 3 and SHS 2 Gold Track students should be sent home.

The council, in a statement released Monday July 13, 2020, observed that “not all schools have received the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as promised by government.”

According to the council, Day students continue to commute from home to school making them more susceptible to getting infected, thereby,
increasing the probability of infecting others within the school community. This, they believe, is contrary to government’s initial position to make all Day students ‘boarders’.

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The NCPTAs expressed dissatisfaction that not enough health personnel are stationed in many of the schools for routine surveillance.

They also feared that the voter’s registration exercise in Senior High Schools has the
tendency to compromise the safety of their children.

As part of discussions at
National Executive Consultative meeting, the NCPTAs argued that students are psychologically unstable and therefore, not of sound mind to write the WASSCE and BECE examinations successfully.

“We therefore, suggest that these examinations be postponed
till the situation is brought under control”, they stated.

They further recommended that parents should isolate and test their children for the 14-day period, before integrating them into the larger family.

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