Ghana’s Education Service (GES) has cautioned Management of schools particularly private schools to desist from sacking students for not taking coronavirus test as school reopens January 15 for the new academic year.
Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwa comment follows claims that some private school authorities are planning a compulsory coronavirus test for the prospective students who will return to school on the reopening date.
The Director-General of GES speaking on PeaceFM’s Kokrokoo show monitored by Educationweb.com.gh said only the Ghana Health Service has the right to conduct a coronavirus test and not the school Management.
“We will urge private school authorities not to force students to take COVID-19 test before allowed entry to school premises because that is the work of the Ghana Health Service”, he told host of Kokrokoo show Nana Yaw Kesse.
According to him, his outfit on the advice of the Health Service will announce if it’s necessary for students to take a coronavirus test.
“So no school should sack a student for not taking the test or because a parent refuse to pay a COVID-19 test fee”.
He, however, encouraged school authorities to ensure students adhere to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) outlined novel coronavirus safety protocols to slow a possible spread of the locally transmitted virus.