EC Takes Registrations To “Akufo Addo Graduates” -While Students’ COVID-19 Infections Escalate

In what has been described as an illegal scheme, the Ghanaian Electoral Commission (EC) has started a ‘mobile registration’ system that moves into secondary schools to register the so-called ‘Akufo Addo Graduates’-the first batch of secondary school leavers who benefitted from the Free Senior High School (Free SHS ) policy.This controversial registration roadshow is coming at a time one student from the KNUST Secondary School had died under mysterious circumstances. The tone-deaf EC is also mounting this initiative at a time when several students have been confirmed infected with COVID-19 and terrified parents are frantically withdrawing their wards from schools.The EC announced its curious “Akufo Addo Graduates” registration process after today’s emergency meeting of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).The exercise is aimed at final year students of SHS schedule for between Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, 2020.The EC’s eagerness has raised deep suspicion among critics. First of all, following the education timeline in Ghana, many of these students would have barely clocked the eligibility age of 18 as the average age would be around 17-years-old.Also, students are increasingly hesitant to gather en-masse as many of their colleagues are being confirmed positive for COVID-19 and pressure is building up against the government for its questionable decision to reopen schools amid escalating cases of COVID-19 in the country.Critics are speculating that President Akufo Addo forced students back on campus against all advice from health professional because of an opportunistic plan to register students who may have turned 18 and who may are beneficiaries of the government’s Free SHS policy.Already, Ghana’s case count has increased 10-fold and latest data shows over 22,000 officially recorded infections and 

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