Just In: NAGRAT calls for closure of schools as infection among students spread

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) wants the government to close down all educational institutions in the country as a result of the confirmation of COVD-19 cases in schools.

Speaking on Campus Exclusive on Thursday, July 9,Ga West District Chairman of NAGRAT, Richard Quarshie said that the health and safety of the WASSCE candidates should be prioritized over the forthcoming exam.

“Our national president made it clear that its time that GES close down all schools so that the necessary steps are taken. After all, the students are supposed to be alive before they can write the exam. Now we have a situation where no one is tested and by the time you realize everybody is infected,” he said.

He entreated the government to conduct a mass COVID-19 testing in all schools to be able to manage infected persons to prevent further spread of the virus.

According to him, the current situation in some senior high schools is due to the failure of the government to go by their earlier request of testing all students prior to the reopening of the schools.

For him, health personnel should be deployed to the schools to forestall future tragedies as happened at the KNUST Senior High School.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo, in one of his national televised addresses, ordered the resumption of academic activities for final year students in all cycles of education.

This was meant to allow students prepare and sit for their final examinations.

However, some senior high schools have recorded cases of the coronavirus after students returned to school. The situation, especially after the death of a student at the KNUST SHS, has led to calls for the closure of educational institutions until further notice.

Story by: Eli Djomekou