DATA DOES NOT SUPPORT CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS
There has been a heavy swell of agitated people including Angel Cabonou of NAGRAT, the opposition National Democratic Congress, some parents and media personalities calling on the Education Ministry to close down schools because of COVID-19.
In their estimation, with a few schools having recorded a few cases of coronavirus infections, it would be prudent for the Government to take a second look at the decision to allow final year students to go back to school in preparation towards their final exams.
These calls must be rejected at this moment. The facts on the ground do not support the reversal of the decision to keep the students in school for a few weeks in order to write their final examinations.
There are 721 Senior High Schools in the country. Though these schools combined have a population of over 1.2 million students, only 400,000 are in schools currently.
Out of the 400,000 students, there have been 13 cases of COVID-19 infections.
Moreover, there are so many communities where these schools are located with no reported cases of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
From the above information, it makes very little sense for schools to be closed down. Their call is not based on any scientific evidence or research.
While 13 cases may appear to some as important upon which they intensify their calls to have schools closed down, the data makes their calls moot.
Schools, in my opinion, should not be closed down because of these numbers which are negligible in the scheme of things.