Minister Urges Vigilance In Schools

Tangoba Abayage and her team during the tour

Upper East Regional Minister Tangoba Abayage has called on heads and staffs of senior high schools (SHSs) in the region to be vigilant and ensure that the final year students who have returned to school comply with all Covid-19 prevention protocols.

She also urged the students to comply with all directives from their school managements in order to stay safe from Covid-19.

“The government has invested so much to ensure that our schools are safe to accommodate you. Some investments have been made to procure some PPE to be shared to students. As students, you also have a role to play to protect yourselves and colleagues from Covid-19,” she stressed.

Ms. Abayage, who toured SHSs in the Bolgatanga Municipality, charged heads not to hesitate to take disciplinary action against any student that decides to flout the Covid-19 prevention measures put in place.

According to her, no student should be exposed to danger and so once a student decides to flout the safety measures and put his or her colleagues in danger, that individual should be taken out in order to protect the others.

“If government is spending this much to ensure that every student on campus is protected and yet you decide not to follow the protocols, you will be sent home. I have asked the heads to send home any student that refuses to comply with the laid-down arrangements. So please just be law-abiding and let’s fight Covid-19 together,” she cautioned.

The minister visited the Bolgatanga SHS, where only 400 out of 1,300 students had reported and were busily studying and observing all Covid-19 prevention protocols.

Besides, she visited the Bolgatanga Girls SHS where 409 students out of 1,083 had reported. At the Zamse Secondary Technical School, only 29 students out of 108 had reported.

At the Bolgatanga Technical Institute, there was no sign of students and so the minister did not interact with anyone there.

The Headmaster of Bolgatanga SHS, Abuba Afelibiek, confirmed that the school had received some PPE and other items from government and promised that they would be shared to every student.

The school has some thermometer guns and has placed a total of 20 Veronica buckets across the premises of the school, as well as automatic hand sanitizer dispensers.

FROM: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga