HON. Clement Abas Apaak a member of the Education Committee in parliament and from the minority caucus following the death of the KNUST SHS student, has called on government to close down schools adding that the lives of students are more important than examination.
In an interview after parliamentary proceedings on Wednesday 8th July, 2020, the MP noted that since the virus is present on campus, the best thing that ought to be done will be to test the students and let them go home.
Giving a vivid clarification, the MP for Builsa South Constituency, stated that the conditions of the schools are not conducive, there is high rate of anxiety, fear and emotional torture of being on campus and not knowing which student has the virus or not and this has created suspicions.
Again, he lamented that inadequate PPE’S which are not readily available; ” if Government officials have been infected in spite of all the conditions that they have to operate within, obviously we cannot expect to leave our wards in such an environment where there is no guarantee about their safety”.
When asked if the situation will cost government, he explained saying “cost can’t be a justification to risk students lives , parliament has passed several approvals which has given the government reasonable package to deal with fallout in as far as this pandemic is concerned”
Mr. Apaak further emphasized that this is a lesser price to pay than to continue with the hard headedness of pushing an agenda that won’t go down well with the future of Ghanaian youth.
He therefore indicated that a decision must be taken like other countries who have postponed the writing of exams this year until 2021 with the hope of having a cure for the virus.
He called on government to ensure that the students go home since the exams can wait but their lives can’t wait.