The family of a 16-year-old student from Aburi Girls Senior High School, who tragically passed away on Sunday, is urging for an independent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding her death.
Stacy Okyere, a first-year student, succumbed on February 4 after being admitted to the school for just a month.
The bereaved family alleges that the school’s inaction directly contributed to their daughter’s demise.
“The school is responsible for my child’s death,” stated Kingsley Okyere, father of Miss Okyere, in an exclusive interview with 3News.
According to Mr. Okyere, his daughter, who had no pre-existing conditions, fell ill while at school, prompting urgent action. However, instead of immediately seeking medical assistance for the student, the school allegedly insisted that Mr. Okyere come to the premises first before any action could be taken.
“I received a call at 8 p.m. from my daughter’s housemistress, urging me to collect my sick daughter and take her to the hospital. Despite the urgency, I was shocked to find my daughter lying unconscious on the floor upon my arrival,” Mr. Okyere recounted.
Despite his frantic efforts to rush Stacy to the hospital, she was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital in Mampong.
Heartbroken and outraged, Mr. Okyere insists that his daughter’s untimely passing could have been prevented if the school had acted promptly to ensure her medical care.
Meanwhile, Kofi Asare, the Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, has highlighted systemic deficiencies in health and safety facilities within schools, citing this incident as indicative of broader issues.
Efforts to obtain a statement from the school’s authorities were unsuccessful, as the Headmistress declined to comment.
This tragic event has sparked concerns among parents regarding the adequacy of healthcare services at the school, with calls for additional medical staff and resources to address the needs of the student population.