Some students in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region have kicked against possible plans by the government to reopen schools amidst the Coronavirus challenges.
The students though said they have missed their colleagues and teachers, they held the views that it will be prudent if the government can wait for the vaccine of the virus is discovered before considering to reopen schools.
“I love being in school and I can’t wait to go back to school but without any vaccine to possibly cure the virus, I’m not going anyway”, a student told A1 News.
Another student also explained that “In my school, we are almost 80 in a classroom and per my understanding about the virus; we are not supposed to be in a crowded place and looking at how our number is, how can we practice the social distancing protocol?”.
Their views came after Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in a live Instagram discussion with Ghanaians indicated that President Akufo-Addo is in talks with stakeholders for a possible reopening of schools in the country. This, however, has met with divergent views as some section of the public is welcoming the idea whilst others oppose it.
But speaking exclusively to A1 News, the Upper East Regional Chairman of Parent Teachers Association’s Mr.Vincent Atoore, said it will be suicidal for a stakeholder to think of reopening schools at the time the Covid-19 cases have swollen.
He begged the question why government decided to close the schools at the time the country recorded it’s first cases of COVID-19.
“At that time, the country was just recording small cases, yet the president deemed it necessary to close all schools, and now that we are hearing that the country’s total confirm cases are counting about 6, 097, yet it is thinking about reopening schools.”
Mr. Atoore added that “As an association, what we are saying is that we will not allow our children to go back to school until there is a possible vaccine or perhaps the confirm cases in the country are reducing.”
Meanwhil,he suggested that the government can wait till September to see whether the country was really making headway in the fight against the disease.