Following the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) announcement that first-year Senior High School pupils would report to school on December 4, 2023, the Parliament of Ghana released a statement regarding the day of schooling.
“Parliament has asked the Minister of Education to reconsider the Ghana Education Service’s directive to students, teaching staff, and non-teaching staff to begin academic work on Monday, December 4, 2023,” the statement states.
This has become essential as a result of the House being made aware of the GES’s decision that first-year students should begin their academic work on Monday, December 4, 2023.
The House suggests that the Hon. Minister of Education take into consideration the first week of January 2024 as a more convenient and appropriate time for parents, students, and teachers to adequately prepare for academic work, given the short notice and the ensuing inconvenience it causes to students, parents, teaching, and non-teaching staff.
The Speaker of the House, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has instructed the Minister of Education to appear before the House and provide a briefing due to the urgency of the subject and the different concerns expressed by Members of Parliament and other stakeholders.
The Ministry of Education has stated that, in spite of requests to reschedule the December 4, 2023, reporting date for Senior High School (SHS) freshman classes, the commencement date for the 2023 BECE graduates will not be altered.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) recently announced the 2023–2024 academic calendar, which included the December 4, 2023 reporting date for both single-track and double-track Free Senior High School (Free SHS) students.
In response to queries concerning the first-year SHS student reporting date, a spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng, stated that the academic calendar was made public many weeks prior so that parents could make arrangements in advance.
The date of the students’ return is still Monday, December 4, 2023, within the SHS premises. On the first day, it is expected that pupils will report. Furthermore, first-year students who are unable to report on the first day would not automatically forfeit their spots, I hasten to add.
As we have previously seen, students can report the next day or even the next week. In an interview, the MoE spokesman stated, “If you look at the academic calendar, it had already been in the public domain for a while and it was expected that parents, guardians, and even students prepared ahead of time.”
The Ministry in Charge of Education has been urged to reevaluate the contentious December 4, 2023 reporting date and move it to the first week of January 2024 by Speaker of the House Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin.
The Ministry of Education’s order to students and authorities, including teaching and non-teaching personnel, to begin academic work on Monday, December 4, 2023, is being called into question by the house.
The Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin stated on Friday that “the house proposes for the Ministry of Education to consider the first week of January 2023 for the resumption of academic work in these schools.”
The computer school placement for junior high school students who took part in the 33rd session of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) was made public by the Ghana Education Service administration on November 28, 2023.
In a news release, the Ghana Education Service (GES) stated that 585,797 of the 598,839 BECE preliminary results that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) had received qualified students for school placement.
Prospective students have automatically been assigned to one of their selections, numbering 477,772 (81.56%). Compared to last year, there has been a notable improvement, with over 100,000 more students placed.
Nevertheless, none of the 108,025 (18.44%) eligible applicants could be matched with them. As a result, all of these students must use Self-Placement to choose from among the schools that are open. to gain access to the placement platform,” the press statement stated.