The Ghana Education Service has revealed the the final year student of the Gwiraman Senior High School in the Western region who died in the early hours of Wednesday July 15 was not the mishandling of a sick student on campus as alleged by 3news.com.
Nathaniel Yankey, 21, according to the GES had left his rented hostel to his parents home after he took ill on Friday July 10 and died on Monday July 15 at the Essikado Hospital.
A statement signed by the Head of the Public Relations Unit Cassandra Twum Ampofo, indicated Mr. Yankey was among students whose parents had rented private hostels for their wards as their school is an E-Block Community Day School.
“Management of GES wishes to indicate that the unfortunate death of one of our students was not the mishandling of a sick student on campus as the 3news.com story alleges”.
The statement added “the GES regrets the sudden and untimely death of the student and consoles the family”.
Find below the full statement.
RE: ANOTHER FINAL YEAR SHS STUDENT DIES
The attention of Management of Ghana Education Service (GES) has been drawn to a news report by 3news.com that the mother of a 21-year-old Nathaniel Yankey, a final year student of Gwiraman Senior High School in the Western Region, is blaming the school authorities for the loss of her son who died in the early hours of Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the Essikado Hospital.
Management of GES regrets the sudden and untimely death of the student and consoles the family.
Management of GES wishes to state that Gwiraman SHS is an E-Block Community Day School. However, some parents including parents of the deceased have hired their own private hostel for their wards where they reside and commute to and from school on daily basis. Such hostels are run by private individuals and not by the school authorities.
Master Nathaniel Yankey left the hostel to his parents’ house when he felt unwell last Friday and the school was notified.
Management of Gwiraman SHS called today Wednesday 15th July 2020 to check on him and was told he had passed on this morning.
Management of GES wishes to indicate that the unfortunate death of one of our students was not the mishandling of a sick student on campus as the 3news.com story alleges.
Management of GES wishes to assure parents that all efforts are being made to ensure the safety of staff and students currently on our school campuses.
Management wishes to implore the media to properly check their facts well before publishing their stories in order not to create fear and panic among the public.
Once again Management expresses our deepest condolence to the bereaved family.
CASSANDRA TWUM AMPOFO
HEAD, PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT