Bright Appiah, Executive Director of Child Rights International, has joined calls by some teacher unions who have indicated that because of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region, it is not feasible to close down schools again.
Mr. Appiah said there was a need for more data to assess the scope of the harm.
In an interview with Citi News, he said, “We think we have not reached that level of risk by saying that we should withdraw children from schools based on indicators.”
What we need to think about is if the possible COVID transmitters for disadvantaged groups are infants. Some of these tasks ought to be met to be able to come to a fair conclusion.
Schools in the country resumed teaching and studying from January 18 after several months of being closed in 2020 to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Multiple schools have reported COVID-19 infection with the most cases being from the Akosombo Internation School with over 50 cases.
The National Association of Graduate Teachers and the Ghana National Teachers’ Association have both described demands for the closing of schools as hasty.
The General Secretary of the National Teachers’ Association of Ghana, Thomas Musah, pointed out that it was too early for such a call.
Following several months of closure in 2020, schools in the country reopened teaching and learning from January 18 to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Mr. Musah said sporadic cases were the infections reported so far.
He cited conditions where scores were contaminated at the Akosombo International School.
For one of the schools where we have reported such high cases, isolating that particular school is the safest way to go,” Mr. Musah argued.”