The Minority in Parliament says the decision by the President to ease the restrictions on schools amid the novel coronavirus was purposely to advance his political agenda.
The Minority implies that claims that the decision was to allow for final year students to prepare for their exist examinations was only a ruse to convene the Senior High School students on their various campuses to get them captured in the ongoing voter registration exercise.
In a press statement, Ranking Member for Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Mintah Kwabena Akandoh indicated that their…. the was evident in government’s blatant disregard experts’ advice and cautions from the minority.
The Juaboso legislator questioned why some government institutions have been made to close their offices over recorded cases of COVID-19 but students continue to be camped in school despite being faced with a similar challenge.
Mintah Akandoh was also at a loss as to why countries like Kenya and Nigeria have suspended the re-opening of schools and final year Exams until 2021 but the government of Ghana has pushed the students back to school “without ensuring adequate safety protocol measures on the various campuses.”
This he says is clear indication that the President does not value the lives of the students.
“This is an example of government’s disregard for the welfare of students and the public at large. It is amazing how suddenly, the government adores BECE and WASSCE at the expense of human lives. Meanwhile, if there are no healthy living beings, there will definitely be no exams or certificates.
“Considering a country like Nigeria with much more dense population than Ghana and the number of COVID cases identified so far, then we can comparatively say that the case count in Ghana is much more overwhelming than Nigeria, yet, we are keeping our students on campuses,” the legislator said.
“By these actions, we can say for sure that government has a political agenda because despite many concerns by parents and GNATs about the vulnerability of students to the virus, the NPP led government’s position is still unwavering.
“Rather, they intend to create polling stations on the campuses and are busing some of the students to some constituencies, example is Asawase to register,” he alleged.
Mr Akandoh further stated that the recent surge in cases of the viral disease is an indication that government has lost the fight against same saying “we have been vindicated by the fact that some students in Accra Girls Senior High School (AGISS), Ghana Law School, Bekyem SHS and many more tested positive to COVID-19, though not a good news.”
The minority reiterated their recommendation to government to conduct mass testing for all students who have reported back to school in all schools.
“Moreover, we maintain that the closure of all schools is the best way to go to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 cases among students,” the Juaboso legislator added