2023 Basic And SHS Academic Calendars Commence Tomorrow, More Details About The Calendar
The 2023 basic and SHS academic calendars will begin from tomorrow, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has said. While it will be the commencement of the first semester for second-cycle schools, it will be the first term for basic schools.
This is the third year in a row in which the academic year is starting from January, after it was hit by the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from March 2020, during which schools were forced to close down. Previously, the academic year began in September every year.
Per the provisional 2023 academic calendar released by the Ministry of Education and the GES to heads of institutions, there will not be double track at any level, and that only two year groups of the three groups of students in senior high school (SHS) are to be in school at any given time for the academic year.
“In the transitional option, two of the three year groups must be in school at a given time,” it said.
According to the GES, the decision was to prevent congestion, as well as maintain social distancing to prevent COVID-19.
2023 Basic And SHS Academic Calendars
The first semester under the transitional calendar for SHS Three students will be from January 10 to February 17, 2023.
Students will then break from February 18 to March 12 and go back to school from March 13 to June 2 to end the first semester.
They will break from June 3 to 18 and then go back to school for the second semester from June 19 to September 28, 2023.
In the case of SHS Two students, they will be in school (first semester) from January 10 to March 9, this year and then break from March 10 to April 21. They will go back to school from April 24 to June 2 and then break from June 3 to August 6, 2023 for the first semester vacation.
The second semester will be from August 7 to December 22, 2023.
For SHS One students, the calendar said they would report to school for the first semester from February 20 to April 21, 2023 and then break from April 22 to June 18, 2023. The students will return to school from June 19 to August 4 to wrap up the semester and then break from August 5 to October 1, 2023.
The second semester will commence from October 2 to December 22, 2023.
For single track schools, the calendar for SHS One to Three students will cover 34 weeks, comprising 1,360 contact hours.
The SHS Three students will report to school (boarders) from January 10 to May 11, 2023 and then go on break from May 12 to June 2, 2023.
They will report to school from June 5 to September 29 to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
SHS Two students will also be in school from January 10 to May 11, 2023, break from May 12 to June 2 and then go back to school for the second semester from June 5 to October 9, 2023.
For first-year students, they will be in school from February 20, 2023 to May 11, 2023, break from May 12 to June 2 and return to school for the second semester from June 5 to November 10, 2023.
At the basic school level, pupils will go to school for the first term from January 10 to April 20, 2023 (14 weeks) and break from April 21 to May 1, 2023.
The second term resumes from May 2 to August 9, 2023 and then break from August 10 to August 21, 2023.
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The third term will be from August 22 to November 16, 2023.