The Founding President of IMANI Africa Mr. Franklin Cudjoe has condemned the decision taken by the government through the Ministry of Education (MoE) to reopen schools for final year students to write their exit examination in the novel Coronavirus pandemic era.
In a contrary view, the renowned Think Tank President said, he now think it’s not a good decision to allow final year students to go to school for their final year examination in this COVID-19 season with increasing rate of confirmed positive cases and deaths.
Mr. Franklin Cudjoe who made his stance known on social media is hereby calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government through the Minister of Education Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh to close down schools for students to go home. He also added that, the academic year should be cancelled due to the negative impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I think it is now not a good decision to open schools. I strongly urge the Minister of Education to recall all students and cancel the academic year.” He said.
You will recall that, the Ministry of Education in Collaboration with the Ghana Education Service have directed reopening of schools for all final year students in educational institutions in Ghana following President Akufo-Addo’s directive on 30th May, 2020 since the official closure of schools on Sunday, 15th March, 2020 when Ghana recorded Coronavirus cases.
On 15th June, schools were reopened for all final year students in tertiary institutions to write their exit examination. Also, all final year students (SHS3) in Senior High Schools and second year (SHS2) Gold Track students reported to school on 22nd June, 2020 and the subsequent reopening of final year Junior High Schools students on 29th June, 2020.
Mr. Franklin Cudjoe insists that it’s a premature decision to reopen schools for students in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic despite all explanations given by the Ministry of Education among others.