Close the schools NOW! – Ablakwa urges Akufo-Addo


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The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu in the Volta region has also petitioned the Akufo-Addo led Administration to consider closing down of school in the country to prevent a pandemic.

Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s call follows the fast-spreading of the novel virus in the country and recorded cases of COVID-19 in some schools a few weeks after the President announced for schools to be reopened to final year students.

His Excellency in one of his numerous televised nation’s addresses announced for schools to be reopened to solely final year students to enable them continue with academic activities and prepare to sit for their final examination.

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But since the reopening of schools, the lives of students have never been the same as they are in state of fear amid the cases recorded in some schools

Earlier this week news went viral that 8 persons of the Accra Girls Senior high School tested positive for the deadly virus.

Following the reported cases some concerned groups and stakeholders have petitioned the government to close down schools immediately to prevent an outbreak of the virus in schools.

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The Member of Parliament on his Facebook timeline said “Close the schools NOW!”

The Minority NDC Caucus in Parliament has also condemned the government for insisting to keep the final year and form 2 Gold track students in schools despite coronavirus cases recorded in some schools.

According to the caucus, the government refusal to close down schools despite the COVID-19 cases in some schools clearly shows that the conduct of the WASSCE and BECE for school candidates matters more to the government than the lives of the students.

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The caucus made an instance that “as other countries like Kenya and Nigeria have halted school reopening until next year, the Akufo-Addo government has rather permitted final year students to return to school and prepare to sit for their forthcoming exams expected to begin in August”.

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“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,” it said in a statement.


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