Former President, John Dramani Mahama has advised the government against allowing schools to reopen after two months of shutdown because of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
President Akufo-Addo, in an address to the nation on Sunday, March 22, 2020, directed all schools in the country to close down as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
At the time, the country had recorded six cases of the coronavirus disease with no deaths and recoveries.
Ahead of a possible announcement of an easing of restrictions, stakeholders in the education sector have sent proposals to government on how the safety etiquette against the spread of the coronavirus could still be adhered to if a decision is made for schools to reopen.
Whilst some educational groups are proposing that only final year students are made to return to school, others are calling for the closure to be extended to ensure the safety of all students and teachers.
John Mahama, wading into the conversation, has asked the government not to be in haste to reopen schools.
“I must indicate here my support for the position of the various teacher unions and parents who have spoken and cautioned against the hasty reopening of schools. Government must pay close attention and take into consideration, the concerns of the various unions and parents,” the leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress said in his latest write-up on the coronavirus situation in the country.
In the face of the imminent easing of restrictions, the former president reiterated his call for a mass COVID-19 testing exercise to be undertaken as a safety precaution.
John Mahama says that the exercise can be undertaken using funds from the COVID-19 fund set up by the government.
“Let me repeat the call on government to consider conducting mass testing, at least, at the point of need. What it means is that for instance all students, teachers, and ancillary staff returning to school or church attendants, following the easing of restrictions, should undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test as a safety precaution. Government has accumulated enough resources in the name of COVID-19 to be able to fund a mass testing, even if it has to rely on private laboratories; for the sake of the life and health of Ghanaians,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo expected to address Ghanaians tonight
With the closure of the country’s borders and ban on social gathering expiring tonight, Ghanaians are expecting an update from President Akufo-Addo on measures taken by the government in the fight against the coronavirus.
Whilst the address is yet to be confirmed, Ghanaians are expecting restrictions to be eased.
Ghana, as of Sunday, May 31, 2020, has confirmed 7,881 positive cases of the virus with 2,841 recoveries.
36 persons have succumbed to the virus.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com