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Dead Students Can't Write Exams - NDC Calls For Schools To be Closed Again

Dead Students Can’t Write Exams – NDC Calls For Schools To Be Closed Again

The Minority in Parliament is calling on the government to close schools again following reports that some Senior High School students have contracted the coronavirus just weeks after academic work resumed.

Final year SHS and Form Two Gold Track students have returned to school after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They were directed back to school by President Akufo-Addo to enable them to prepare for their exit examinations.

But as reports have emerged about students at the Accra Girls SHS testing positive for coronavirus, the Minority says government must take a second look at the decision because if the students end up unwell or die, they cannot write the exams.

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“If the real motive to reopen schools is for final year students to prepare to write their final examinations, then a second look at this motive in the face of rising cases and reported cases in some schools is warranted.

“We must prioritize the lives of the students, after all, how can sick or dead students write exams. The examinations can be postponed but the safety of our future leaders cannot be postponed,” a statement signed by Dr Clement Apaak and copied to JoyNews said.

The Builsa South MP said the government must reconsider the decision and close the schools for a much more extended period until the virus is contained, which would reflect in our cases per day.

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“In the last few days, Ghana recorded over 750 and over 690 cases per day. This does not provide any parent the comfort to assume the safety of their children.”

He added because some of the students report to school through the use of commercial vehicles, this increases their risk of infections.

“We are of the firmest conviction that as a nation we must not wait until it is too late to do anything. Our students need to be protected from the high risks of exposure. As can be seen, the Akufo-Addo government has failed to contain the virus,” Dr Apaak added.