The National Youth Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) Henry Nana Boakye “Nana B”, has echoed the plan of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) not to close schools despite escalating COVID-19 infections among terrified students.
According to him, in less than three weeks that schools have been opened, a 112 caseload of COVID-19 from 300,000 students is not a bid deal and should not warrant calls for closing the schools.
“When you look at the number of students and teachers in our schools they add up to 580,000, the number of students who have been infected by COVID-19 and are asymptomatic are 112, with 4 teachers infected. The NDC are saying because of this 116 infected persons we should let 580,000 students leave the schools and go home. What the NDC has forgotten is that any student who has contracted the disease got it from home and took it to the school,” Nana B stated.
This statement from the key mouthpiece of the governing party is despite distress calls made by parents to the Akufo Addo administration to send students back home to avert a catastrophic spread of COVID-19 among unsuspecting students.
The Akufo Addo administration is receiving serious flak for apparently opening the schools so that the Electoral Commission can register a curiously named “Akufo Addo Graduates”, being the first batch of students who benefited from the Free Senior High School policy of the government.
Some of these students will be turning 18 years-the legal voting age in Ghana and the government is opportunistically registering them purely for political capital, critics say.
To facilitate this, the EC recently breached all laid down regulations to initiate “mobile” registration centres that would be taken into the school premises for the purpose of registering these students.