Don’t give me a reason to close down schools again – Akufo-Addo to students

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked students and pupils not to give him a reason to shut down schools a second time.

According to him, closing down schools presented a setback to the future of students.

He thus urged students and pupil returning to school from today to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols during their stay in school.

The President made the call in his 22nd address on measures put in place for the effective management of COVID-19 in the country.

He said “Let me speak to the students and children returning to school and those of you who have already returned. I know that, for most of you, 2020 was a very unfamiliar year and presented a setback for your preparation for the future. You all saw the struggle your parents especially working parents went through with you at home due to school closures, and you also saw how you struggled to learn from home even for those of you who were lucky enough to continue with some of your classes online. The frustration, the idleness and the absence of classroom or study groups intimacy– it has been extremely difficult for you, your parents, teachers and everybody involved. This is something we should all try to put behind us. Much of that depends on you.

“As we take these big steps to go back to school, your attitude, your behaviour, your self-discipline will decide whether or not our schools will remain open. I’m pleading with you, please observe the COVID-19 protocols at all times. You must maintain the sense of discipline and responsibility to stop the virus from spreading in your schools and for those students at home as well. Wear your mask at all times. Wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Protect yourself, protect each other, protect your teachers, protect your parents but please do not give me a reason to close down schools.”

School in Ghana were closed since March 15, 2020, as part of the government’s measures to curtail the spread of the COVID-19.

But after nine months of closure due to COVID-19, President Akufo-Addo in his 21st address announced the opening of schools for basic schools on 15th January.

Some parents have however expressed anxiety over the possible spread of the virus in the school as Ghana’s cases increase.

Indeed, President Akufo-Addo disclosed that, as of Sunday, the country’s active case count had risen to 1,924 and the death toll was 352 while the number of person in intensive care have also increased.

“We have seen an upsurge in the number of active cases, from a little over 900 to 1,924. Our COVID-19 treatment centres have gone from having zero patients to now being full because of the upsurge in infections,” he said.

The President said if Ghanaians continue to violate safety protocols and the trend continues, he will not hesitate to announce another lockdown.

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