- GES says it did no wrong letting pupils line up to greet Nana Addo and the Ivorian president
- Ghanaians have criticized government over this move saying it is a waste of time
For those of us who say the queuing of school pupils on the streets to welcome presidents is wrong and just a waste of time may have to think again because the Ghana Education Service (GES) says it finds nothing wrong with this trend.
YEN.com.gh had earlier reported how some students in Accra had lined up at a filling station in Accra waiting on both presidents and leaving their classes behind.
Public relations officer of the Ghana Education Service, Rev. Jonathan Betteh says GES finds nothing wrong with this development. According to him, government through the regional director of the GES would have advised against the move if indeed it was going to affect school hours.
“I do not see why we should seek permission from parents before taking them out to wave at dignitaries. There is no policy against children waving at visiting Presidents when they are in town. I honestly do not see anything wrong with the school children lined up to wave at a visiting President, I don’t think it is a big deal,” he revealed in an interview with Starr FM.
A report was made of how some pupils of the La Yahoshua JHS had to sit at the 37 Total Fuel Station next to the Golden Tulip Hotel.
According to the report by a reporter from Metro TV, Gabriel Obodai Torgbor; “after the Presidents' passing, an attendant of the Total fuel station had to buy sachet water for them because organisers, from what I gathered, did not offer them any.”
So far, the motive behind the lining up of students on the streets to welcome a president is yet to be unravelled as a large section of Ghanaians continue to lash out at government for such a move.
The president is currently on a two day visit to the country to explore avenues of investment and deepen bilateral talks with president Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.
The presidential visit by Alassane Ouattara comes in the wake of the unprecedented ITLOS ruling which has seen Ghana win its rights to the disputed maritime border between both countries which has dragged over the past 3 to 4 years.
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