Dr. Eric Nkansah

An advocacy organisation, Africa Education Watch (Eduwatch) is calling on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to speak on the death of the first year student of Aburi Girls Senior High School (SHS).

Executive Secretary, Kofi Asare has questioned the silence of GES four days after the unfortunate incident went public.

“What is the use of the mandatory NHIS Card for student? Ghana Education Service must pronounce on this matter immediately,” he demanded.

Taking to Facebook, Mr Asare posed thought provoking questions on the circumstances that led to the untimely death.

“Has the GES not issued a statement on the reported death in school of the SHS 1 Aburi Girls student? Sources indicate the girl was sick for days, kept in school till her parents arrived from Ablekuma to take her to a hospital located minutes away from the school.

“According to the hospital, she was Brought In Dead. Why did the school authorities keep her in school till she ‘died’? Is it standard practice for school authorities to call parents to travel and go carry their sick wards to hospital when one is located minutes away?” Mr Asare quizzed.

The deceased, 16-year-old Stacy Okyere reportedly passed on Sunday, February 4, but the details around the unfortunate incident are still not clear.

Stacy is said to have gained admission to the school about a month ago.

Her family who have accused school management of negligence are demanding a thorough independent investigation to unravel the truth of the matter.

They have threatened to initial legal action if the school is found guilty in the course of investigation.

Stacy reportedly complained of stomach pains but was denied medical attention over claims of feigning her sickness.

Unfortunately, she passed after being rushed to the hospital.

The body has since been deposited at the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital pending autopsy.