The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, has admonished government to put in place requisite safety measures in schools to safeguard students against covid as they resume school.
In a live Facebook broadcast Thursday July 18, 2020 the former president expressed skepticism about government’s commitment to its promise distribute adequate PPEs and logistics to all schools in the country.
“I take note of the President’s promise to distribute adequate PPE and logistics to the schools as they are forced to re-open for limited academic work. But we have been here before. Lofty promises, which are never fulfilled. We cannot continue on a trajectory where we talk more than take action. Students on campus will need adequate supply of water, multiple handwashing points, sanitizers and prompt responses from the COVID-19 teams in the various districts if any suspected cases pop up,” he said.
“I pray government does not to fail them and us, their parents. I wish our dear students well in their examinations. I also urge you to take personal responsibility for your health and safety,” he added.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his 10th address to the nation on measures taken against the spread of the Coronavirus on Sunday May 31, 2020 directed that all final year students, from the JHS, SHS and tertiary levels, are to resume school. While final year university students reported to their universities on 15th June; final year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, are expected back in school on Monday 22nd June; and final year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June.
He said the decision had been taken, after engagement with the Teacher unions to reopen schools and universities to allow for final year junior high, senior high and university students to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.
The President noted that prior to the opening of schools and universities, the Ministry of Education, and the heads of public and private educational institutions must fumigate and disinfect their institutions. He said each student, teacher, and non teaching staff would be provided with re-usable face masks by the Ministry of Education.
John Mahama admonished the public to keep lecturers and teachers in prayers as this era would be an enormous drain on them.
“Our lecturers and teachers must also be in our prayers and on our minds. They are obviously going to be overly exposed to the virus. Government should, therefore, not renege on the assurances it has given them,” he said.