The Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayage has directed heads of second circle institutions in the region to send home students who deliberately disobey directives on the prevention of covid-19.

According to her,government has made frantic efforts towards controlling the spread of the virus by providing the needed protective equipment to final year students who are returning to the schools for academic activities.

She added that in preparation of final year students for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), government has supplied all second circle institutions in the country with PPEs such as;nose masks, hand sanitizers, veronica buckets and infrared thermometers.

It is against backdrop that Madam Tangoba said personal discipline was expected from students in curbing the spread of the virus.

The Minister said this when she visited some senior high schools in the Bolgatanga Municipality. She gave a stern warning to authorities of the schools not to hesitate to send home any student who flouts the covid-19 protocols.

“Government is doing all that it can to protect you. That is why you have been provided with nose masks, hand sanitizers and other items. So, you must always wear your nose mask, apply the hand sanitizer and wash your hands under running water as many often. I have asked your heads to send home any student who disobey the covid-19 protocols while being in school”.

Madam Tangoba further urged the students to take their studies serious in order to write and pass well in the WASSCE.

Among the schools she visited were; Bolgatanga Senior High School (BIGBOSS), Zamse Senior High Technical School (ZAMTECH), Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School (BOGISS) and Bolgatanga Technical Institute (BOTECH).

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So far 400 students out of about 1,300 students of the Bolgatanga Senior High School have reported.
Head teacher of the school, Afalibiek Ababu said academic activities have commenced with the necessary measures being considered.

“Before the reopening, we had already put in place some measures that will help to protect our students and staff. Also, government has given us PPEs and for physical distancing, we have split the classrooms into small units of 25 to 30. The dormitories, the same thing has been done and the dining hall, they eat in batches”.

However, the situation was different at ZAMSTECH where 29 out of 108 final year students had reported. Head teacher of the school, Anaba Simon said the low number has led to tuition being put on hold.

409 out of 1,083 students according to Headmistress of the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School had reported as at the time the Regional Minister visited with her entourage.

Meanwhile,students and staff of the Bolgatanga Technical Institute (BOTECH) have since not reported. Reasons have since not been given about their absence on campus.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|Joshua Asaah

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