Education Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh said reopening schools in Ghana would rely largely on how the coronavirus is behaving in the country.
Asked when schools will reopen during an interview with Berla Mundi on the COVID-19 360 on TV3 Thursday, August 13, Dr. Opoku Prempeh said, “if the virus makes us, we’ll go back to school.”
He clarified that the decision would be focused on the science available and the data on the country’s Covid-19 situation.
“We will reopen colleges, depending on the science and the results. In the final years we reopened schools because they maintain social distance, “he said.
He found the government endured flak from people when schools reopened for the final students to write their exams.
Yet these same people are now calling for all schools to reopen, he said.
“If it hadn’t been for the government to be clear about what it was doing they would have given up. All these people saying we should open schools, if we open up and an accident occurs, those people won’t be there, “he said.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh screened for coronavirus positive earlier but was diagnosed and pronounced healed.
He said, however, he’s uncertain whether or not he’s completely healed from the Coronavirus infection he contracted. He felt he had recovered enough to start work again.
“It was an experience I’ve constantly said I don’t even wish my enemy for it.”
He said it was after the illness that he came to the realization that “Coronavirus is here with us,” indeed.
To him, Ghanaians must take all the security precautions seriously, because “it’s not a situation that I would want someone to get into.”
He recounts that while he experienced some malaise about 10 days before being hospitalized, he was screened for the virus on the advice of close associates, but the result was negative.
He said after returning from his acclamation as the New Patriotic Party ( NPP) Manhyia South parliamentary nominee, he agreed to voluntarily take some tests at UGMC, having gone there to visit a relative who had been admitted to Covid-19.
He said he was there for two weeks, during the same time he learned of the death of the Forestry Commission’s chief executive, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, who also contracted the virus.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh admitted he believed he would live with death after this close shave.