Oforikrom NDC Parliamentary Candidate Calls For Closure Of Schools Following Death Of KNUST SHS Student

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The National Democratic Congress Parliamentary Candidate for Oforikrom constituency, Honorable Henry Osei Akoto has called on government to close down schools following the death of one Richard Sam, a student of KNUST Senior High School.

Richard died after suffering a severe stomach ache for hours without attention. He was neglected by the staff of the school for the fear of COVID-19.

Although the Ghana Education Service (GES) has acted swiftly in dealing with the incident by asking some staff and the headmistress to step aside for investigations to commence, the parliamentary candidate who was a former assemblyman for Bomso believes the government should follow up with closing schools.

Read full statement below

It saddens my heart, even more as a parent to see this student lose his life due to the negligence of
school authorities.
I do not want to believe that the president’s speech (Update No. 12), delivered on Sunday 21st June 2020 which states that “Each SHS has been mapped to a health facility, and care will be provided to the sick by nurses assigned to these schools”
was just for the cameras.
Even as I wonder whether government has made such provisions, I’m so much disappointed that school authorities could not make any provisions for this student either by sending him to a nearby hospital, calling the ambulance, or sending him to an isolation center.
I am with the family in my thoughts and prayers.
It hurts me so much that they’ve lost their beloved as a result of poor leadership on the part of education system and those who were supposed to be responsible.

I call on government to ensure that as outlined in the president’s twelfth update, one dormitory be set aside as isolation center in each SHS in the case of a student falling sick, and ensure that each SHS is duly mapped to a health facility with nurses assigned to all schools.

I also call on government to undertake mass testing for final years in schools and if possible close the schools as minority in parliament is suggesting.

This is not to speculate that the boy who died in my constituency yesterday died as a result of COVID-19 but we can’t alienate the fact that part of the negligence was as a result of the fear of COVID-19.

We live to school, we don’t school to live. Close down the schools now.

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