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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

COVID-19: ‘I don’t have the power to close schools’ – NAPO


Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said that he lacks the power to direct the closure of schools despite increase number of COVID-19 infections in the country.

There have been calls for the closure of schools which were re-opened recently to allow final year students go to prepare for their exams.

The calls as a result of the fact that the country has recorded confirmed covid-19 cases in some schools.

GhanaNewsPage.Com reported that eight students of the Accra Girls SHS have tested positive for the disease.

Parents stormed the school to demand that their wards be released for them following the reports.

But the Education Minister speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo on Thursday monitored by GhanaNewsPage.Com said he lacks the power to call for the closure of schools.

“As I stand here, I cannot cause the closure of the schools, if the President and cabinet sees the need to, they will but not me…,” he said.

He further argued that the presence of the disease doesn’t mean the country must necessarily shut down.

“Other countries are looking for other means of reopening their Schools…why must we rather be looking for reasons to close ours?,” he quizzed.

Source: GhanaNewsPage.Com 


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