The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, dismissed watetered down calls for senior high schools to be closed down due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the country.

Speaking at the weekly press conference on Tuesday, Prof. Opoku Amankwa argued that keeping the students in schools is the best option as it stands now.

About fifty-five (55) students and staff at the Accra Girls’ Senior High School have tested positive for COVID-19, a joint statement by the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service confirmed.

The 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.

A section of the public have called for the closure of the schools wiles the opposition NDC also says government is playing with the lives of students.

But Prof. Opoku Amankwa, says health experts have advised against sending the over 250, 000 students’ home since that could lead to exponential increase in cases.

“Closure of schools from the health point is not the best option, it is best we keep them in schools because if we decide to let them go home then we might as well close down the whole country…from what we have been told they are asymptomatic, so they are able to go about their studies.”


He added that “we are hoping that when they get to the exam time because we have two or three weeks before they write exams, all issues will subside…but sending them home will be disastrous.”

Ghana currently has recorded 24,988 cases of Coronavirus with 21,067 recoveries.

The active cases count stands at 3,782 after recording 470 new cases according to the Ghana Health Service as Tuesday 13th July, 2020.

Meanwhile, 139 persons have died so far after contracting the deadly virus.

Greater Accra Region – 13,690

Ashanti Region – 5,259

Western Region – 2,140

Central Region – 1,110

Eastern Region – 948

Volta Region – 418

Upper East Region – 282

Northern Region – 267

Bono East Region – 205

Western North Region – 200

Oti Region – 128

Bono Region – 107

Ahafo Region – 98

Upper West Region – 70

Savannah Region – 57

North East Region – 9



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