Legal Practitioner and Professor of Accounting, Mr. Stephen Kweku Asare popularly known as Kwaku Azar, has called on the Akufo-Addo administration to review it’s decision towards the partial reopening of schools effective Monday, June 15, 2020, despite COVID-19 cases.
In the view of the Azar, the sudden increase in the country’s COVID-19 cases does not encourage the reopening of schools not even for final year students.
His suggestion follows President Akufo-Addo’s affirm decision for schools to reopen to only final year students in the tertiary institutions as first phase of easing the closure of school since March 16 this year.
His Excellency in his 11th televised address to the citizenry insisted that schools reopen God willing tomorrow for final year tertiary students to enable them complete the 2019/2020 academic year and proceed to sit for their exit examination.
According to President Akufo-Addo adequate safety measures have been put in place in regards to the partial reopening of schools effective Monday June 15 to ensure students, lecturers and non-teaching staff are safe from the novel disease which has at least claimed 51 lives in the country.
Speaking on measures to fight the novel virus on campus tomorrow, President Nana Akufo-Addo noted that each student, lecturer, and non -teaching staff will be equipped with 3 washable reusable face/nose masks.
Additionally, a total of 1,700 veronica buckets, 3,400 liquid soaps, 200,000 200 ml units of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, 3,400 packets of tissue papers, and about 9,000 COVID-19 testing thermometer guns will also be shared among the 234 tertiary institutions across the country.
However, Mr. Stephen Kweku Asare in a Facebook post sighted by Georgeweb.org said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country do not support the idea of school reopening, consequently urging the government to review the decision.
“The COVID-19 numbers do not support a partial reopening of schools on Monday. The government should look at the numbers and refine the reopening policy accordingly”.
With the announcement by Akufo-Addo to reopen schools tomorrow, comments on social media indicate that about 70 percent of the populace of Ghana is not in support of the decision amid the fast increase in coronavirus cases.
As of now, Ghana’s COVID-19 case count stands at 11,422 with 4,156 recoveries and 51 deaths, the Ghana Health Service reported on Sunday, June 14, 2020.