According to the founding President and CEO of IMANI, the Akufo-Addo government has no science and data behind its decision to keep students in school despite the fast-growing of the novel disease in various schools.
The President of the Republic in one of his numerous televised nation’s addresses announced for schools to be reopened to final year students and some form 2 Gold track students to enable them to continue with academic activities.
On the part of the final year students, they are to complete the 2019/2020 academic year and proceed to sit for their final examinations.
Since the partial school reopening, there have been a series of coronavirus cases reported in some schools which the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service have confirmed true.
The Service confirming the reports of COVID-19 cases in some schools said; “The Ghana Education Service (GES) received reports of suspected cases of COVID-19 from some second cycle institutions including Accra Girls Senior High school. The Ghana Health Service was subsequently notified of the situation. As of 6 July 2020, six (6) students, a teacher and spouse, have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19 in Accra Girls Senior High School.”
The Service in the statement added that “it has put in place adequate measures to ensure strict adherence to the outlined COVID-19 preventive protocols and other safety measures for the safety of the students”.
However, the IMANI President, Franklin Cudjoe is of the view that the government has no science and data behind the irresponsible decision to dump students in schools.
A post on Franklin Cudjoe’s Facebook timeline sighted by Georgeweb.org read “There is no science and data behind the irresponsible decision to dump students in schools when the President and managers of education are hiding from the virus. I wonder what parents and teachers think though. Doesn’t make sense”.
According to him, the government’s decision to keep students in schools despite the increase in coronavirus cases in the country and particularly in some schools does not make any sense.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has reportedly tested positive for the deadly novel virus that has claimed at least 129 lives as of the time writing this post.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa has since been quarantined at a health facility and undergoing treatment.
The media spokesperson for the Minister for Education in a statement also announced that Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has been discharged from the hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19.