Education Minister To Students: We Will Go Back To School If The Virus Allows Us

Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has said reopening of schools in Ghana will be dependent largely on how the coronavirus behaves in the country.

When asked , when schools will reopen while speaking in an interview with Berla Mundi on the COVID-19 360 on TV3 Thursday 13th August , Dr Opoku Prempeh said, “we will go back to school if the virus allows us.”

He explained that the decision will based on the available science and data on the Covid-19 situation in the country.

“So depending on the science and data , we will reopen schools. We reopened schools for final years as they maintained social distancing,” he said.

He observed when schools reopened for final students to write their examinations, the government suffered a castigation from people.

However, these same people, he said, are now calling for the all schools to reopen.

“Had it not been that the government was sound of what it was doing they would have given up. All these people saying we should open schools, those people will not going to be there if we open and an unexpected incident happens,” he said.

Dr Opoku Prempeh earlier tested positive for the coronavirus but was treated and declared healed.

Although, he said he is unsure whether he has fully recovered from the coronavirus infection he contracted or not. He believed, he had recovered enough to resume work.

“It was an experience I have said repeatedly that I don’t even wish for my enemy.”

He said it was after he contracted the disease and got hospitalized that he came to the reality that, indeed, “Coronavirus is here with us”.

For him, Ghanaians must observe all the safety protocols seriously as “It is not a situation I would want anybody to get into”.

He recounts that despite feeling a little bit unwell about 10 days before he was hospitalised, he got tested for the virus upon advice from close associates but the result came out negative.

He said after returning from his acclamation as the Manhyia South parliamentary candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), he decided to willingly take some tests at the UGMC, having gone there to visit a relative admitted for Covid-19.

He said he was there for two weeks, during which same period , he heard about the death of the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie who also got infected with the virus.

Dr Opoku Prempeh confessed that he had the belief that he would be alive after that close shave with death.

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