NDC condemns the involvement of students in the Bawumia campaign

Politics of Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Source: Mumuni Yunus

05-14-2024

Students lined up on the streets of Walewale to see Dr.  to welcome Bawumia Students lined up on the streets of Walewale to see Dr. to welcome Bawumia

The main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has been parading students around the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, condemned and described this as exploitation in the North East Region.

The NDC stated that the exploitation of valuable learning time for political gain was unacceptable and “must be condemned by all well-meaning educationists in the country.”

Dr. Bawumia, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate for the December general elections, arrived in the North-East Region on Monday as part of his nationwide campaign tour.

He was welcomed to Walewale by his supporters, including secondary school students in their school uniforms.

The NDC, however, said the involvement of school children during school hours was wrong because his visit was a political visit and not a state visit.

In a statement, the NDC Walewale Constituency Communications Officer, Mashood Issifu Mahama, accused the NPP of forcing headteachers to line up the students on the streets of Walewale to welcome the flag bearer.

“It is deeply concerning that principals are being forced to pull students from their classrooms to serve as cheerleaders for political campaigns. Parents entrust their children to schools with the expectation that they will receive quality education and not be used as political pawns,” he said.

He urged leaders to join in condemning the use of students as political party cheerleaders, noting that “schools are meant to be sanctuaries for learning, not platforms for political theater.”

The NDC Communications Officer added that “there is no justification for sacrificing the educational development of students for the political agenda of the Vice President, HE Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia.”