The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of disregarding the welfare of students and the public at large over its decision to keep schools open in the midst of the growing number of Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.
Following the closure of all schools in the country for 3 months, the government last month made arrangements for final year students in the University, the Senior High Schools, as well as Junior High Schools to return to school in order to prepare for their final exams.
A couple of weeks after the reopening of schools, there has been a spike in the number of Covid-19 recorded cases in Ghana with some students of Accra Girls SHS testing positive to the deadly disease.
In that regard, the main opposition party has been drumming on the need for the government to close all schools again to protect them from the dangers of the Coronavirus.
With the government adamant on towing that line, the NDC has at a press conference today expressed their displeasure.
“This is an example of government's disregard for the welfare of students and the public at large. 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”, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh who is a Ranking Member on parliamentary select committee on health told journalists during the NDC’s press conference today.
According to the MP for Juaboso, the stands of the Minority remains that the closure of all schools is the best way to go to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 cases among students.
Read the full speech read by Hon. Kwabena Mintah Akandoh at the NDC’s press conference below: