The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has called on political parties to stay away from various senior high schools in the name of monitoring and ensure smooth registration process in the ongoing voter registration across schools in Ghana.
Speaking at a press conference held in Accra, the president of the National Union of Ghana Students said, the only way to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in schools is to ensure that political parties are banned from visiting the schools all in the name monitoring the registration process.
“NUGS is calling on government as a matter of urgency, charge the necessary government agencies to engage in rigorous education and sensitization of school authorities, teachers, lecturers and students on the stigmatization and protocols of COVID-19 as soon as possible”, he said.
The union is also kicking against the call by Ghanaians to shut down schools.
“we do not agree with the calls that schools should be closed down. Research has shown that the disease is more fatal amongst the elderly than youths, even though some youths have fallen to the dreaded disease. It is however more dangerous to ask students to go home at this stage, as an infected asymptomatic person may pose a danger to their families of older generation who may have underlying health conditions”, he said.
NUGS is however calling on government to register all students onto the National Health Insurance Scheme to enable them access healthcare with ease during this difficult times of the pandemic.
Speaking on the repatriation of Ghana students abroad the president of the union said they are willing to give out ideal hostels on various campuses to the government to use as quarantine center’s and also government should consider reducing the amount being charged for the repatriation.
“the current repatriation conditions demands individuals including students pay the same amount of minimum Ghc7000 charged for hotel fees for their quarantine. This is too much for our students to bare”.
However, NUGS is calling on the Electoral Commission to extend the period for the voter registration exercise on various campuses to enable to every student have access to go and register since it is their constitutional right.
NUGS is a body in charge of the protection and well of every Ghanaian students across the globe.
It’s major objective is to protect and safeguard the rights and interest of students at all times, pursuant to the Article 10 of the NUGS Constitution.
By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com