We Did Not Reopened Schools Because Of Elections – Hon. kojo Oppong Nkrumah

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Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has disbanded claims that the government reopened schools in order to aid the reelection bid of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
The government reopened schools last month in order to allow final year students in all institutions to go back and prepare for their final exams and completion. Lots of concern and issues were raised since the government took that decision from Civil Society Groups and the opposition National Democratic Congress due to news of COVID-19 infections being recorded on the school campuses day in day out.
Some political parties have blamed the ruling government for reopening the schools only to improve their own re-election bid since it is believed that the Free SHS will influence the voting decision of the SHS students.
In view of this, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah while speaking on Joy News’ “Beyond The Lockdown” program, monitored by kingdomonline said the claim is not possible because schools have been reopened not only in Ghana for final year students. “This argument is nonsense’’ he said. Adding that final year students are about 750,000, and not all these students will vote.
“I am saying that what makes nonsense of that argument is the fact that if you look at basic schools, they are not going to register to vote.
The argument has been that we want these final year students to go and complete their examination and go out. Those at Senior High Schools again complete and go out, form two gold tracks who haven’t finished for them to complete.
Tertiary, those who are going are those who are going to complete their exams and indeed tertiary institutions that have completed their exams have said clearly that they will not even open up because they have completed their exams. If you put all of this together, that argument of reopening for registration and voting is thrown out of the window,” the information minister argued.

By: Queenel Delali Kukey / Kingdom plus 101.9 FM / Kingdom TV/ / / Ghana / 2020

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