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Kingdom Loyalists Movement unhappy with government’s decision to reopen schools

Wed, 6 Jan 2021 Source: Michael Oberteye, Contributor

Non-denominational Christian group, the Kingdom Loyalists Movement (KLM) is expressing reservations over the impending reopening of schools across the country announced by President Akufo-Addo last Sunday.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, January 03, 2021, announced the return of pupils and students to school, months after schools closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic last March although concerns they might become breeding grounds for the second wave of cases have come up.

The President however announced an update on measures being adopted by the government to curb the spread of the pandemic.

But describing the decision as “unthinkable, dangerous, careless and risky,” the religious group said it received the announcement with anxiety and disbelief as the kids stood the risk of exposure to the pandemic.

The group made this known in a press statement dated Monday, January 4, 2021, and signed by its President, Prophet Oberempong CP, Spokesperson, Evangelist Emmanuel Abankwah, and General Secretary, Rev Nana Takyi Asiedu.

“The Kingdom Loyalists Movement (KLM) heard the government’s decision to reopen schools for the kindergarten and lower primary pupils with fear and surprise considering the vulnerability of these kids in the midst of the rising coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the government’s assurances of adequate safety measures for pupils, students, teaching and non-teaching staff, the group underscored what it called the risks associated with wearing nose masks over long periods especially to kids.

The KLM cites the country’s current coronavirus figures as ample proof that the virus is still around and the government must hence not risk the lives of the kids as they may not be in the position to take care of themselves.

“Currently Ghana’s coronavirus active cases stands at 905 with about 335 deaths which shows that we have not yet defeated the pandemic to carelessly risk the lives of our kids who are naturally vulnerable hence unable to take care of themselves.”

To the group, “it’s risky, careless, premature, and dangerous to the health of the kids” to reopen schools at this time and urged government to suspend the reopening of schools for kids at the kindergarten level to avoid casualties among them.

“The Kingdom Loyalists Movement (KLM) wants to entreat the government to reconsider its decision on the kids at the kindergarten level to avoid risking them and their families.”

From January 15, 2021, Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior High School students, in both private and public schools will return to the classrooms.

Senior High School students, except those in SHS 1, will return to school on January 18, 2021. All SHS 1 students will start classes on March 10, 2021.

Students in Universities and other tertiary institutions are to be in school from Saturday, January 9, 2021.

Find the full statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!

GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO REOPEN SCHOOLS FOR KINDERGARTEN PUPILS UNTHINKABLE, DANGEROUS, CARELESS AND RISKY.

The Kingdom Loyalists Movement (KLM) heard the government’s decision to reopen schools for the kindergarten and lower primary pupils with fear and surprise considering the vulnerability of these kids in the midst of the rising coronavirus pandemic.

It is an undeniable fact and medically proven that wearing these nose masks for longer period comes with its own serious health risks and complications especially t being kids.

We think it is extremely risky to put our kids into such potential dangerous situation in the name of rushing them to school though the virus is not showing any sign of leaving us looking at our numbers.

Currently Ghana’s coronavirus active cases stands at 905 with about 335 deaths which shows that we have not yet defeated the pandemic to carelessly risk the lives of our kids who are naturally vulnerable hence unable to take care of themselves.

The Kingdom Loyalists Movement (KLM) wants to entreat the government to reconsider its decision on the kids at the kindergarten level to avoid risking them and their families.

We know how hostile and “uniparental” some of these caretakers in the various schools are and we are wondering how these people can take good care of our kids in this deadly pandemic era.

We believe it’s risky, careless, premature, and dangerous to the health of our kids.

Government should suspend the reopening of schools for the kids at the kindergarten level to avoid casualties among our kids.

Signed:

Prophet Oberempong CP -President (0202682846)

Signed: Spokesperson-Evangelist Emmanuel Abankwah (020 434 7987)

General Secretary-Rev Nana Takyi Asiedu (024 472 1767)

God bless Ghana

God bless KLM

God bless our Kids.

Source: Michael Oberteye, Contributor
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