Former deputy minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has described as ‘dangerous’ and ‘reckless’, decision by government to allow final year students back into schools without conducting a mass testing of covid-19 on them.
According to the North Tongu Member of Parliament, government must put in measures to ensure that every student is tested before he or she is allowed to join his/her colleagues.
Among the list of concerns he raised in a social media post, he also bemoan the fact that second year Gold Track students are also being allowed to join the final years in school.
“It is totally dangerous, reckless and an utter dereliction not to make provision for teachers, non-teaching staff and students to be tested before placing all of them in the school environment for academic work. This must be fiercely resisted by the teacher unions, PTAs and SRCs”.
“Second year Gold Track SHS students should simply continue to stay at home. This would only worsen congestion and increase risk. Government must rescind its decision on this immediately”.
“It is absolutely surprising to hear Government’s position being articulated to the effect that parents would not be allowed to visit their children in Senior High Schools. Directives like this are unreasonable and would only make parents keep their children at home and wait for the resumption of BECE and WASSCE for Private Candidates. What happens when a student in boarding school is taken ill? We are confronted by a vicious pandemic and it is naturally expected that parents would be more anxious and be on the look out for their children than they will in normal times. What Government could have considered are visiting protocols in line with best public health advice and not outrightly proscribing parental visits. Another clear indication that Government’s school reopening plan is not well thought out”.