The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Organizer, Sammi Awuku has denied claims that the Akufo-Addo led government purposely reopened schools for final year students to amass votes from the students.
According to the National Organiser, even though the free SHS policy introduced by the Akufo-Addo government in September 2017 gives President Akufo-Addo and the NPP an advantage over other opposition parties, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that all beneficiaries of the program will cast their vote for the sitting President in the forthcoming 2020 general elections scheduled for December 7.
Speaking on Joy News, Mr. Sammi Awuku stated: “Though we may stand in an advantageous position because we thought about these young ones and their parents and brought this project, we believe we also have to compete and work hard for their votes.” he said as quoted by peace FM
In the view of him, the government’s set of developmental initiatives and programmes will earn them another four years in power.
Meanwhile, there have been several calls from different groups, stakeholders and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the government to immediately close down schools due to the surge in coronavirus cases in some Senior High Schools.
According to the opposition NDC party, they strongly believe the government partially reopened schools to give the opportunity to the Electoral Commission to register them in the ongoing voter registration exercise.
But the government spokesperson and the Member of Parliament for the Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency, Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah responding to the calls for schools closure and claims of reopening schools purposely for voters registration said it’s nonsensical to say that, adding that schools would not be shut down.
According to the government spokesperson, the final year SHS students who have been singled out by the critics, which he said are mainly members of the opposition National Democratic Congress, forms only a portion of the students who have resumed schooling and, consequently, it makes no sense for such an argument to be put forth.
“I am saying that what makes nonsense of that argument is the fact that if you look at basic schools, they are not going to register to vote. The argument has been that we want these final year students to go and complete their examination and go out”. he stressed.