The Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe has petitioned President Akufo-Addo to immediately shut schools before a second pandemic hit various Junior, Senior high and tertiary institutions across the country.
The IMANI-Africa President earlier urged the Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh to annul the 2019/2020 academic calendar and shut down schools as the country’s coronavirus cases keep skyrocketing.
In view of Franklin Cudjoe, President Akufo-Addo’s decision for reopening school for the three batches of final year students in the country despite the daily increase in COVID-19 deaths and cases was a step in the wrong direction.
Akufo-Addo in one of his numerous nation’s addresses announced for school to be reopened to the final year and form 2 Gold track students in Senior High Schools for them to continue with academic work.
His recent concern is in line with the six students of the Accra Girls Senior High School (SHS) reported to be positive of the deadly novel coronavirus that has as of the time writing this post claimed 122 lives.
According to a media report, some 11 students of the school showed symptoms of the virus and were isolated in the school’s sickbay on Monday June 29, 2020.
The report continued that after running several COVID-19 tests on 11 of the suspected students, 6 of them tested positive and were transferred to the the Ga East Municipal Hospital for treatment.
Following this breaking report, the President and Chief Executive Officer of IMANI has in a facebook post sighted by Georgeweb.org petitioned the President of the Republic to consider shutting down of all reopened schools.
Mr. Franklin Cudjoe on his facebook wall urged that “Mr. President, shut the schools NOW!”
Meanwhile, His Excellency Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo-Addo has gone into self-isolation for 14 days after one of his contacts tested positive of the novel deadly coronavirus, the Minister for Information, Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah announced on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
The Government spokesperson in a statement copied to Georgeweb.org said “on the advice of doctors, President Akufo-Addo is from July 4, 2020 taking a 2 weeks precautionary self-isolation measures in complaince with COVID-19 protocols”.
The Member of Parliament for the Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency and Information Minister, in the statement disclosed that Akufo-Addo after several tested negative for the virus.