The Ghana Education Service, (GES) has stated that the introduction of the new semester-based academic calendar in the public schools, thus Kindergarten, primary schools, Junior high schools, and senior high schools have come to stay in the system.
According to the Deputy Director-General for Quality and Access of the Ghana Education Service, Dr. Kwabena Tandoh, the new system will help reduce pressure on teachers and help align the academic calendar with the activities of the schools.
“We know based on research that one of the causes of classroom absenteeism among teachers in the various schools was because some teachers sought to upgrade themselves. This is because the three-term system in the basic schools overlaps with the university system. Gradually, we are getting to the point where we can align. We are giving teachers the time, by aligning their system with the university systems to upgrade if need be.” He said.
He also indicated that the differences in the academic calendar of the primary schools and Junior high schools, parents could not align and this will help relieve pressure.
“Recent research in Greater Accra showed that because primary schools had a different calendar from the Junior High Schools, parents could not align. Research also showed that because the primary school children had a different timetable from the Junior High Schools when the latter was in session, attendance went down by 11%.” He added.
This means that the students from Kindergarten to Junior high schools will be in school for 20 weeks and 40 weeks per semester
The primary schools which were supposed to open on 25th January 2022 are brought back to tomorrow 18 January 2022.
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