The Parent-Teacher Association of the Kumasi Academy has met to review the challenges the school faced in 2017, and discuss measures to ensure the development of the institution.
Top of the agenda were the plans which have been put in place to prevent another outbreak of H1N1 influenza type A, that reportedly led to the 4 students in 2017, although four students had died before that incident bringing death toll in the school to eight.
Parents at the school’s first PTA meeting for the year on Sunday, January 14, 2018, appealed for more to be done to avert future cases.
School authorities and PTA executives spent time to explain measures the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service had put in place to forestall future incidents.
The leadership of the PTA is hopeful that the health measures employed by Government to fight the outbreak of H1N1 type A, will help prevent further deaths of students in the school.
The school’s PTA chairman, Owusu Achiaw, said over 80 percent of the students have returned to the school since it reopened for the new term.
He added that the students are currently taking part ins academic activities.
“My advice is that, based on what I have come to see in person, I am advising all parents to bring their wards to school because there is nothing again at Kumasi Academy”.
He further disclosed that the Ghana Baptist Convention has also intervened to upgrade the sick bay of the school to a clinic status.
The move according to him, is to complement Government’s efforts in averting future cases. He is hopeful the upgrade will be concluded soon since preparations are already underway to start it.
Mr. Achiaw commended stakeholders for their quick response during the crisis.
He expressed gratitude to Government, the Ghana Health Service, the Ghana Education Service, the Ashanti Regional Minister, the Asokore Mampong Municipal Chief Executive and all benevolent individuals and organizations who helped during the crisis.
Some parents who spoke to Citi News say their fears were allayed after the meeting.
One of the parents said: “I am so happy coming for the meeting. I am happy about the assurances from PTA executives and school authorities. The school’s environment is also well kept. All parents should allow their wards come to school. Even the students here are happy”.