A Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has assured that the management of the Ghana Education Service will deal with Henry Nana Boakye for visiting some Senior High Schools in Greater Kumasi to allegedly campaign.
The Deputy Education Minister’s comment follows a viral photo of the National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party and his team in one of Kumasi’s most popular Senior High School.
In the photo, Henry Nana Boakye and his team are seen as allegedly campaigning for the Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo in one of his televised nation’s addresses cautioned that “no parent or guardian is to visit his or her ward in any of the Senior High Schools across the country.”
The Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh in a press briefing said the prevention of third parties on school campuses form part of measures to protect the final year and form 2 Gold track students from contracting the virus.
The National Youth Organiser has however denied claims that he visited some Senior High Schools without permission to reportedly campaign for the Akufo-Addo government.
According to Henry Nana Boakye, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is just churning out “vile and fruitless” propaganda as that wasn’t the case.
However, the Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency speaking in an interview on GHOne TV monitored by Georgeweb.org Monday, July 13 condemned the actions of his party Youth Organiser for ignoring the President’s directives “that no non-teaching staff should visit any of the schools”.
Speaking in the interview he described the actions of Henry Nana Boakye popularly known as Nana B as unacceptable stressing that he will be dealt with accordingly notwithstanding his party colour.
Dr. Yaw Adutwum said the Ghana Education Service (GES) will investigate the matter and when Nana B found guilty will be sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to anyone who goes contrary to the COVID-19 directives.
The Deputy Education Minister stressed that “if he went to classrooms then is unacceptable, it’s totally unacceptable. It doesn’t matter to me who you are; the protocol is a protocol, rules are rules. He shouldn’t have done that”
He continued that “I’m a Deputy Minister, we’ll carry it up and I think the rules are clear. And any local jurisdiction where anybody does that the local authorities have control so the rules are very clear and I don’t think it’s acceptable for us to do what clearly the law says we should not do”.
He furthered that “this is not a political issue for me, to me, it’s an education issue, it’s a COVID-19 issue and I’ll bring it to the attention of the Ghana Education Service for him to be dealt with, they are in charge of the day to day administration of schools in the country.