The Opposition party National Democratic Congress (NDC) COVID-19 Technical Team has called on the government to see to it that all students, teaching, and non-teaching staff are tested for the novel coronavirus ahead of June 15 schools reopening.
Their concerns follows the surge in coronavirus cases in the country despite the government’s effort to slow the spread and ease in restrictions for final year students in the country to complete the 2019/2020 academic year and sit for their final forthcoming examinations.
As of the time writing this post, the country COVID-19 cases stand at 10, 358 with 3,824 recoveries and at least 48 deaths as reported by the Ghana Health Service.
The Opposition party in a statement dated June 11 stated that the coronavirus figures reported by the Ghana Health Service “do not recommend that learners, teaching, and non-teaching staff are exempted from the exposure of the virus as the pandemic has not been brought under control.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) party in this sense has suggested a number of protocols to ensure that President Akufo-Addo’s directive does not double the number of confirmed cases.
Their suggested measures include testing of all students, teachers, and non-teaching staff “to preempt any potential spread on secondary schools and university campuses.”
The NDC also urged for the “sufficiency of medicines, PPEs, COVID-19 related items and other relevant health infrastructure for infirmaries, sick bays, and university hospitals across all academic institutions”.
They in the statement recommended the provision of Isolation centres around campuses and the strict adherence to social distancing rules in boarding houses and classrooms.