Former President John Mahama has told the government to listen to the concerns of teachers and parents before reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I must indicate here my support for the position of the various teacher unions and parents who have spoken and cautioned against the hasty reopening of schools. The Government must pay close attention and take into consideration, the concerns of the various unions and parents”, Mr Mahama wrote in a weekend message to Ghanaians on Friday, 29 May 2020.
“As I have always said, any decision taken by government to ease restrictions must be based on the utmost respect for human life and the science of the disease we are dealing with”, adding: “Decisions based on false premises will have grave consequences for us all, Ghanaians”, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress said.
Mr Mahama also called for mass testing for students, teachers and churchgoers should the government ease restrictions such that schools and churches resume.
“In the face of the imminent easing of restrictions, let me repeat the call on the government to consider conducting mass testing, at least, at the point of need”.
“What it means”, he noted, “is that, for instance, all students, teachers, and ancillary staff returning to school or church attendants, following the easing of restrictions, should undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test as a safety precaution”.
In his view, the government has “accumulated enough resources in the name of COVID-19 to be able to fund a mass-testing, even if it has to rely on private laboratories; for the sake of the life and health of Ghanaians”.
“My party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), congratulates once again, all our health workers, still at the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus. Ghanaians truly appreciate your sacrifices, and you can be assured that your commitment and sacrifice will never be forgotten”, he noted.