The Director General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa has announced the provisional reopening date for all Public Basic Schools (Crèche, Primary & JHS)
Provisional Re-opening Date
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa in an interview on UTV, was asked when the Basic public schools are to resume since the private schools have already resumed and he mentioned that for now all basic schools in Ghana will reopen school on January 18, 2022. Its a Provisional Date since the actual and permanent reopening dates will come from the Minister of Education.
According to the Director General, basic schools in the country were supposed to re-open school on January 11, 2022.
This changed due to the addition of one week for the writing of the National Standardized Assessment Test, hence that week has been added to the reopening date for teachers and students to prepare well before coming back to school.
Reason for the Delay
The Director General said the delay in releasing the date came because they were working on a long term calender for students not only for the Basic schools but also for the Senior High schools thus the Double track students in the Senior High Schools and the Single Track Senior High Schools as well as the Recent Graduates from JHS who will be reporting in the various Senior High Schools Soon.
Final and long term Academic calendar for Basic schools and Senior High Schools.
The Minister of Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum established a ministerial Calendar committee which is headed by the Deputy Minister of Education, to create uniform long term calendar for the Basic schools and Senior High schools since the existed one has been distorted by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
He commends Government and Teachers for doing their best to make student stay in school even though there was a Pandemic. He commended their effort since in Uganda students have to stay home for 2 yrs before reopening.
On the issue of the National Standardized Test conducted leaving the Private schools.
He said, the private school students were left out because of the arrangement they made and moreover they want to put a system in place before they are involved. Piloting.
In future the private schools will all be involved he said