The Minority NDC Caucus in Parliament has 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.
The Minority in a statement copied to Georgeweb.org said the Akufo-Addo led 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.
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”.
“This is an example of the government’s disregard for the welfare of students and the public at large,” the Minority said in a statement.
The Minority in the statement said it wonders why state institutions that have recorded COVID-19 cases are shut down but schools with infections are still running.
“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.”
“We want to know if the government is by this means insinuating that, some lives or Ghanaians are more valuable than others by choosing to shut down institutions like the Ministry of finance, COCOBOD, BOST, and the Supreme Court. Why are the students still in school and on campuses?”
“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 statement added.
Meanwhile, the caucus in an earlier statement suggested for the Government of Ghana to conduct mass testing on students who have reported back to school and not limiting the tests to only schools with COVID-19 cases.