The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has demanded the immediate closure of schools at all levels over the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.
Final year students in junior and senior high schools and tertiary institutions as well as second year Gold Track SHS students are back in school as studies resume.
The National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyemfi, on Monday said schools were resumed under the pretext of preparing for their final examinations.
He claimed the government asked the students, especially those in the second cycle, to go to school so it can facilitate their registration in the ongoing nationwide voters’ registration exercise.
“The premature reopening of senior high schools by President Akufo-Addo without mass testing of students, teachers and workers as well as the failure to put in place and enforce appropriate safety measures in the reopened schools, which is leading to the spread of the virus among SHS students, is yet another major setback for our COVID-19 fight,” he added.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in his 10th address on May 31 directed the resumption of schools for final year Tertiary Institutions, Senior High and Junior High Schools after Covid-19 precautionary measures have been put in place.
Subsequent to the president’s directive, the tertiary institutions resumed on June 15, senior high final year and Form 2 students resuming on June 22 followed by junior high students on June 29.
Ghana’s COVID-19 case count as at July 12 stood at 24,518 with 139 deaths. However, 20,187 persons have recovered leaving the active cases at 4,192.