Discussions on when the schools will reopen have dominated national discourse in recent times.

National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Tamale Central constituency, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has asked government to consider giving final year students the opportunity to reopen with conditionalities and strategies to keep them safe.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Okatakyie Obeng Mensah on Anopa Nkomo on Accra base Kingdom FM, the leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in parliament said the global community has offered some countries the opportunity to learn from what other countries are doing, therefore the government can observe the experiences of other countries such as China to guide the reopening of schools.

“China is doing what will be necessary for students to go back to school, so if the government wants Ghanaian students to go back to school then the government has to do put in such effort or more”, he said.

The Tamale Central MP reiterated that, the reopening of schools can be done in a manner that would not endanger the lives of students, teachers and non-teaching staff.

Alhaji Inusah Fuseini therefore called on the government to make these group of students its immediate focus and also put the interest of the children above its own interest.

“What is the interest of the children? The interest of the children is for us to prepare them for future, and how can we skip the interest of the children?” he quizzed.

However, the Ranking Member on the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of the House stated that, the government must put in precautionary measures and systems that will ensure that students remain healthy and provide adequate conditions for learning in order to build them for the future”.

“This must be done in “small bits” to ensure social distancing and other hygiene etiquettes are observed”, he added

“It is irresponsible on our part to think that if the children are allowed to go back to school, they will infect us with the virus”, he argued.

“Let’s ensure that whatever we do will not compromise the interest of the children in the future” he cautioned.

Schools in the country were ordered to shut down after a directive from President Akufo-Addo on March 15, 2020, as part of measures to stop the further spread of the Coronavirus disease [COVID-19] in the country.

Meanwhile, government says it is engaging educational stakeholders on when and how to reopen schools across the country.

By: Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / feliciagyasiwaah9@gmail.com / Ghana / 2020

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