The School calendar committee set up by the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum in due course will release the 2022 academic year calendar for pre-tertiary schools, the Director-General of Ghana Education Service has said.
Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa speaking to the Daily Graphic newspaper this week said the delay in the release of next year academic calendar is to avoid future changes in the soon to be release 2022 calendar for schools.
“The delay in the release of the 2022 academic year calendar is to ensure that we get it right this time around, and avoid some of the infractions that bedevilled the calendar during the 2021 academic year,” he told the newspaper.
The Director-General comment comes after stakeholders in the education sector and parents expressed concerns about the delay in announcing the academic calendar for 2022 for basic and second cycle schools across the country.
“We are running the final draft by heads of schools and other stakeholders for their input,” the Ghana Education Service (GES) Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa told Graphic Online in an interview.
The school calendar committee he said is chaired by the Deputy Education Minister, Ntim Fordjour with representatives from various sectors of the Ministry including GES, Free SHS Secretariat, NaCCA, TVET Service and heads of schools.
Prof Opoku-Amankwa told the Daily Graphic the need for the school calendar committee has become necessary due to the addition of more Technical, Vocational and Education Training (TVET) schools to the Free SHS programme.
“This is for the Ministry of Education (MoE) to reconcile and have a workable calendar that took into consideration all those Technical, Vocational and Education Training (TVET) institutions,” the GES Director-General stated.
He furthered that since the outbreak of Covid made students stay home for almost a year disrupted the learning system and thus the need to have a calendar that takes into consideration the lost time so that we can catch up.
“Additionally, the calendar that we are drawing also looks beyond 2022 to 2023 and 2024 to see how we can gradually come back to the school calendar year, which ends in June/July and starts in September/October,” he added.
In a related development, the leadership of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) as the 2021 academic year ends December 31, 2021, has released the 2022 academic year for private schools across the country.
According to the private schools’ calendar sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh, private school students will reopen the school on January 11, 2022, in the first term of the 2022 academic year and vacate on Friday, April 22, 2022.
“Private school students after the April 22, 2022 vacation will reopen the school on May 9, 2022, to commence the second term and vacate again on August 19, 2022. They will reopen on September 7, 2022, to start the third term.
They will in the first term and the second term will spend 15 weeks in school respectively and 16 weeks for the third term of the 2022 academic year,” the Private Schools Council Executive Director told EducationWeb on Monday.