A National Communications Team member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jennifer Oforiwaa Prempeh widely known as Jenifer Queen has advised against the opening of schools during this COVID-19 era.
Jennifer Oforiwaa Prempeh insisted that, conditions are not rife for the safe reopening of schools given that the new coronavirus infection spread remain “very exponential” and “still very much horizontal” in the country.
“ The current case count of the country and the fact that Ghana is recording more community infections should inform the GES’s decision not to give in to demands by some ‘faceless’ people to get schools to be reopened. “How can you be ready when your life is at stake? How can we protect our children at various schools when schools are reopen? My child is in the Secondary school, look at how coronavirus infected students in France when they decided to reopen schools,’’ Jennifer Oforiwaa Prempeh told Okatakyire Obeng Mensah on ‘Pae Mu Ka’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7
“It’s important that we don’t know how much children contribute to transmitting the virus when schools are open, so we must be very careful in the decision to reopen schools.’’
She added, “For us, statistics and the scientific situation should guide the nation. When the schools were being closed, we had a specific number of infected people but today as we speak, the numbers have gone beyond 5,000 and the deaths have also gone beyond 30.
Schools have been on break since March this year after the President’s first address to the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pre-tertiary Education Unions have vehemently kicked against plans by the government to reopen schools.
While pre-tertiary education teachers in public schools want the ban to remain so far as the country continues to record coronavirus cases, their counterparts in private schools and private school owners believe the time is ripe for students to return to the classroom.
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By: Richard Obeng Bediako / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / Richardobengbediako@gmail.com / Ghana / 2020