Sunday, 19 September

SHS mid-sem break'll worsen COVID threat – GHS to GES

Health News
Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said it disagrees with a directive from the Ghana Education Service (GES) to all headmasters/headmistresses to allow Form 3 senior high school students to go home for mid-semester break.

The mid-semester break is scheduled from tomorrow, Tuesday, 20 July to Sunday, July 25, 2021. 

But the GHS in a statement noted that in the midst of the current outbreak of COVID-19, the mid-semester break may present a challenge to the already precarious situation of COVID-19 in schools and in the general population.

“It may also present challenges to containing existing outbreaks in schools,” the statement added.

Although the MoH stated that it acknowledges the importance of the mid-semester breaks, it is recommending that the schedule period for the break be maintained as planned but it should be restricted to campus and boarding students must not be allowed to go home.

These actions according to the GHS is necessary to prevent and control outbreaks in schools and in the general population.

Source: Mensah