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ATAG has Kicked Against The Semester Based Academic Calendar.

A group known as All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG), has also kicked against the insensitive government’s decision to implement the semester-based academic calendar by saying it is insensitive and will demotivate students.

Mr. Albert Dadson Amoah, the General Secretary of ATAG, said this new academic calendar will demotivate students and lead to an increase in absenteeism and therefore is of no need.

“The semester-based system is of no need. If you want to tackle challenges in the education sector, tackle the prevailing challenges such as teachers who are not motivated, teachers whose salary arrears are owed by the government, where we have infrastructure challenges where students learn under trees and therefore, we are saying that that government’s introduction of a semester calendar is of no need, and it is insensitive because the trimester calendar has shown to be more effective". He said

According to him, the kindergarten child has a short attention span and does not need to stay in school for six months and also attend class from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm.

“Why should a Kindergarten child who has a short attention span stay in school for six months and even within six months the child comes to school from seven o’clock to 4:30 pm. This is not right. The calendar is going to cause absenteeism and demotivate students”. He further stated.

Mr. Amoah said they are reminding the government to provide textbooks for the new curriculum that was introduced for the past two years.

He added that if there is a curriculum without textbooks then it has no value.

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