We want to study in safe environment - Schoolchildren tell President

BY: Eugenia Asare Tandoh

Some schoolchildren in the country have appealed to the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to ensure that all schools are provided with personal protective equipment equipment popularly known as PPE to enable them study in a safe environment.

They said although they were eager to go back to school to study and also to meet their friends, they did not want the disease to spread to trigger another closure of schools.
They said this in separate interviews when the Junior Graphic asked them what they wanted the President - elect to do for children when he starts his second term in office. Read their responses.


Moses Oteng,
Divine Montessori,
Sunyani, Bono Region.

When schools reopen, I want the President to continue providing free meals to schools as it has benefited a lot of students and parents.

When the meals are provided, there will be no need for pupils and students to go out to buy food which will expose us to the danger of contracting the deadly coronavirus disease.

I also want the President to address the problem of streetism in the country because all children deserve to be in the classroom and not expose to danger by letting them remain on the streets.


Marilyn Adjei,
Holy Spirit School,
Ho, Volta Region.

The President said he would reopen schools this January and we are happy because once again, we are going back to the classroom.

However, what we would like him to do is to build more classrooms so that the classrooms would not be congested as this will make the spread of COVID-19 very easy.

I take this opportunity to congratulate him on his reelection. We pray to God to help him rule the country.


Leah Duorinaah,
Etoile Royale Educational Centre,
Tamale, Northern Region.

As schools reopen this month, Mr President, we want you to put in place systems that would improve e-learning like computers, smart phones and Sim cards.

This is because we never know when e-learning will become the only form of education and we would have to adapt.

Apart from that, a lot of children if not all children in the country will benefit since what we are doing is leaving a lot of children out. Some don't even know what e-learning is all about.


Clifford Adjei Mensah
University Primary School (North Campus)
Cape Coast, Central Region. 

Mr President, I would like you to extend the Free Senior High School Programme to junior high schools and if possible to the primary level.

This will enable more children to go to school at an early stage.  Since schools are about to re-open,we want you to support schools with the required teaching and learning materials, as well as the needed COVID-19 equipment.

These materials and equipment should come on time and in the right quantities to enable schoolchildren get protection from COVID-19. 

Furthermore, we would like you, together with the Ministry of Health to provide clinics for basic schools which do not have school clinics because they would be needed when we go back to school.

Congratulations on your reelection, Mr President.


Emmanuel Boafo,
Divine Montessori,
Sunyani, Bono Region.

I would like the President to look at ways of improving e-learning even when we go back to school because of its importance.

COVID-19 has taught us that learning can be done virtually as well and since we were not prepared at the beginning of the pandemic, a lot of schoolchildren were left out.

E-learning has come to stay so we need to plan very well so that we are not found wanting when it becomes necessary to use it more than we have been doing lately.


 Angel Ankama Arhin,
University Primary School,
Cape Coast, Central Region.

I would like the President to ensure that all children in the country have the right to food, shelter and education by boosting the economy to cater for all these because majority of the people are living in poverty.

The problem of children hawking on the streets should also be given urgent attention since a lot of parents encourage their children to sell when school close.

I appeal to the President to equip the social welfare and community development officers with adequate skills and training to serve children and their families better.

I wish to thank the President for putting measures in place to protect most of us from COVID -19, however,we appeal to him to put more measures in place as we go back to school.


Hillary Klenam Kanyi,
Kabore School Complex,
Ho, Volta Region.
I wish to congratulate the President on his reelection and also thank him for protecting us during the COVID-19.

I appeal to him to put in place the right measures to protect us from COVID - 19 when schools resume.

Second, I would like him to construct the road from Ho to Kodzobi because it is in a deplorable state and most vehicles develop faults due to its bad state.

Finally, I want Mr President to maintain the peace in the country so that we can be happy at all times.


Akua Serwaa Abankwah, 
St Theresah’s Home School,
Dansoman, Accra.

I wish the President would make education better in the country. I want him to provide libraries with a lot of books.

This will help us read more to improve our academic performances. I also want him to provide open workshops for students so we can have some of our practicals in them.

I would also like the President to provide a lot of sporting facilities to improve students’ interests in sports. Students who are very skillful in certain sports can be trained to improve on their skills.