Adutwum gives reason schools won’t be shut amid covid surge

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Ghana’s soon to be Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said schools in the country won’t be closed down despite the surge in the locally transmitted coronavirus cases and increase in death related to the virus.

The Bosomtwe Member of Parliament comment comes after the vetting committee Thursday asked him if the sudden rise in the novel coronavirus calls for a re-closure of schools to prevent a wide-spread in schools.

Commenting on Ghana Medical Association (GMA) call for school closure, Dr Adutwum said: “for now, I will not campaign for the closure of schools because there is no evidence that they are breeding grounds for covid-19.”

The Education Minister-designate noted that Management of schools have been tasked to ensure students adhere to the safety covid-19 protocols and to fumigate the school with the help of Ghana Education Service (GES).

Majority of Ghanaians, stakeholders and the opposition NDC party have petitioned President Akufo-Addo to consider a re-closure of schools to prevent an outbreak of the deadly virus in schools as the cases upsurge.

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Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) earlier at a Press Briefing disclosed some schools in the Greater Accra Region have recorded positive cases of COVID-19.