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Reports 15% COVID-19 infection will shut schools down malicious propaganda – Okoe Boye cries

Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye has expressed shock at a publication that suggests that he said the government will close down schools with a 15% infection rate.

The Member of Parliament(MP) for Ledzokuku Constituency described the report as  “malicious propaganda”

 

 

 

 

According to Dr. Okoe Boye, “I spoke on Asempa FM yesterday, the 14th of July, 2020 and helped listeners to appreciate the fact that calling for closure of schools because of recorded cases cannot be just and scientifically sound. This is because COVID-19 cases could be picked anywhere including the church, schools, mosque, market as well as educational institutions”.

 

 

 

 

There are calls on government to close down the various schools in the country because of the rise in the number of infections in the schools.

 

 

 

According to those calling for the shut down of schools, this is to avoid the escalation in the number of infections recorded across the various Senior High Schools in the country.

 

 

 

But Dr. Okoe Boye was sure and ” convinced that the government that invested in the tuition and boarding fees of all SHS students can be trusted to take care of students to the very end of their stay in school. I would like to urge all parents to keep calm, call their school heads or 311 in case they have any queries. Just as the over 200,000 tertiary students finished their programs without a calamity, so would these SHS students too finish by the grace of the Almighty. May God bless our homeland Ghana”.

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RE: SCHOOLS WOULD BE SHUT DOWN IF COVID-19 RATE REACHES 15%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I write to state categorically that I haven’t said anywhere that schools would be shut down if COVID-19 rate reaches 15%. It is sad and unfortunate that Myjoyonline would decide to engage in this malicious propaganda at a time when we have to focus on disseminating informed education material on COVID-19 related matters.

I spoke on Asempa FM yesterday, the 14th of July, 2020 and helped listeners to appreciate the fact that calling for closure of schools because of recorded cases cannot be just and scientifically sound. This is because COVID-19 cases could be picked anywhere including the church, schools, mosque, market as well as educational institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is important is to find out whether there are protocols to isolate, trace contacts and treat cases. I stated on the program that the meticulous preschool activities put in place by the Akufo-Addo government and the protocols and logistics put in the schools would help see students through to the end of their examinations. MULTIMEDIA recorded some COVID-19 cases; nobody called for its closure.

 

 

 

 

 

I still am convinced that the government that invested in the tuition and boarding fees of all SHS students can be trusted to take care of students to the very end of their stay in school. I would like to urge all parents to keep calm, call their school heads or 311 in case they have any queries. Just as the over 200,000 tertiary students finished their programs without a calamity, so would these SHS students too finish by the grace of the Almighty. May God bless our homeland Ghana.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Okoe Boye (MP).
A deputy minister for Health

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