The President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo has said the outcome of his decision for schools to be reopened to final year students in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic and measures put in place to fight the virus will reassure the country to step up with confidence.
Akufo-Addo said every effort contributed must be made to ensure that society despite the disease was able to function to deliver the results that would improve the progress of humanity and solidarity.
“When schools reopen, the country will see that, despite the challenges we are facing, it is possible for us to start reengineering of our country in the wake of the COVID-19 risk, and if it succeeds, the country too will be reassured that it can step up with some confidence,” the President said.
His Excellency addressing public and private university vice-chancellors at the Jubilee House in Accra yesterday said the pandemic had brought a new circumstance which was going to change the nature of human civilization, adding that there was the need to find a way around it to chart a path for survival, progress, and development.
He said for that to happen, education and educational institutions had to be highly focused on.
“So, yes, we are to go forward because we cannot give up on the progress and development of our nation because of the pandemic. The basis of the decision we made is that we have seen that it is possible, in spite of the increase in the number of cases.
“That is why the initial decision that was taken was that we would do this gradually and systematically and at each stage learn the lessons as we go along,” Akufo-Addo explained.
Describing education as the key to the future of the country, the President said: “We have to find a way of safeguarding that future, and that means essentially safeguarding the prospects of generations of young people who are the objects of education today.”
He said the COVID-19 pandemic had come to dislocate the lives of the entire globe, and that there was no single country on the face of the planet that had not been affected by the spread of the virus.
The Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, for his part, underscore the safety protocols which were to be strictly adhered to on the respective campuses, saying physical distancing and the wearing of nose/face masks would be the norm.
He assured the vice-chancellors that the government would provide nose masks for each student and entreated the universities to endeavor to cultivate a new sense of regularly cleaning the campuses and the washrooms.
Source: Daily Graphic