A University lecturer has described President Akufo-Addo’s decision to permit final year students of JHS, SHS and tertiary to resume school effective June 15 as terrible and a recipe for disaster.
Mr. Samuel Ziggah, a Lecturer and psychologist at the University of Education, Winneba made this claim when he was asked his opinion about the decision by Akufo-Addo to have final year students in class after the closure of schools amid coronavirus.
The concerned lecturer in his contribution said the hasten reopening of schools will significantly double the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country.
He advised that President Akufo-Addo should immediately revoke the decision before Ghana regrets the results.
The psychologist explained that after the unexpected closure of schools, some of the students travelled and asking them to return without proper mechanisms in place to test them for the virus would worsen our trouble.
“Asking students to resume will worsen our cases. Our healthcare workers would be overwhelmed with more cases. We will have a break down of our health systems and so, I will advised the president to cancel his decision with immediate effect,” he said.
He added “we are behaving as if the coronavirus is no longer with us but we are still having more cases. The argument put forward by the president before asking students to resume is not reasonable and dangerous for us. We are exposing students and Ghanaians to danger. If it will take two years for the coronavirus to be dealt with, we can wait. Education is not a race.”
In the view of the Lecturer there would not be an advantageous environment to promote teaching and learning as anxiety will set in due to the fear for, the virus.
“This is not easy as we think. If our cases surge, we will regret taking such a decsion. We do not have what it takes to deal with an outbreak. Nurses and doctors are even dying from the virus. How much more citizens,” he lamented..
“No responsible parent will allow his or her ward to go back to school. The parents should resist this decision and protect their children,” he advised.