Ghana’s former Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh widely known as NAPO last year today following the outbreak of the unexpected covid-19 said it will be a sin for him to ask that schools close down in Ghana
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh made the comment Thursday speaking on Peace 104.3 FM Kokrokoo show monitored by Educationweb.com.gh after he fully recovered from the novel locally transmitted coronavirus.
NAPO after President Nana Akufo-Addo reopened the school in the interview said no student has contracted the novel virus in school adding that any student who will test positive for the virus brought it from home.
“To what extent should schools close down? Nobody contracted the virus in the schools, they brought it from home. When you look at the protocols and consider isolation and quarantine, which place would be better to isolate and quarantine the students
For those saying we should close the schools down, I don’t agree with them today or tomorrow. What is important is that the teachers and headmasters adhere to the protocols
Kwame, we reopened the schools to protect the students. Do you know what may happen to some of them when they are home? They could be opened up to rape predators and other vices.
Some cannot even feed themselves so keeping them in school is better and even the school is the best place to isolate. I will be committing a sin if I ask that schools close down in the country because of some few cases”
The Manhyia South Member of Parliament advised Ghanaians to play their part in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus by adhering to the recommended safety protocols outlined by the Ghana Health Service.
Responding to calls for the government to re-close schools, the immediate past Education Minister said it will be a sin for him to ask that schools close down in the country.
Dr Matthew Prempeh furthered that, apart from students continuing the academic work, their stay in school currently will protect them from rape and other social vices in the community.