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CHASS calls for mass COVID-19 testing ahead of re-opening of schools

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The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools, CHASS is proposing mass COVID-19 testing of students, teaching and non-teaching staff of Senior High Schools before they are reopened. The National President of CHASS who doubled as Headmaster of Kumasi T. I Ahmadiyya SHS, Alhaji Yakubu Abubakari in an interview with GBCNEWS suggested that such an exercise, students with the virus can easily be identified and isolated to prevent them from spreading it to other students.

There is a major discussion on whether or not schools should reopen in the country amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. The schools have remained closed since March 15, 2020 as part of the government’s announced measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19. However, in the past week following the easing of other restrictions in the country, there are calls for schools to reopen. Four Teacher unions; Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduate Teachers, Tertiary Education Workers’ Union and Coalition of Concerned Teachers in a joint statement have registered their opposition to reopening soon but the Council for private schools are pushing for the schools to be opened.

Among their reasons for the reopening of schools, is the financial challenges they are facing including having to lay-off over tens of thousands of teachers due to the challenges.

The National President of CHASS, Alhaji Yakubu A.B. Abubakari in an interview with GBC suggested that when the schools are reopened the students and teachers who are supposed to come to the schools should first be screened and their status known.

While the students are in school, he also requested that certain things should be put in place to ensure the safety of the students.

Schools, in general, have crowded situations so we have suggested that given the current situation that we are in with COVID-19 we should first of all start by allowing the final year students to come.”

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