The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum after broader consultation on the controversial semester-based calendar teachers have rejected has mandated for public basic schools to run trimester system for the 2022 academic year.
A statement from the Education Ministry copied to EducationWeb.com.gh has directed the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to revert the basic school calendar from the 2-term to the usual 3-term calendar.
“After further consultation, the Minister for Education has directed that the calendar for kindergarten to Junior High School for the current academic year should revert to a trimester system,” the release dated January 21, 2022, stated.
The Minister in charge of Education said his outfit’s decision to suspend the 2-term academic calendar and use the trimester system follows concerns raised by a section of the public and key educational stakeholders in the country.
According to the new trimester calendar, basic school students in the first term of this academic year will commence academic activities from January 18, 2022, and be on vacation from April 15, 2022, to May 9, 2022.
For the second term of the 2022 academic year, government basic school students across the country will reopen school on May 10, 2022, and be on vacation from August 19, 2022, to September 12, 2022.
Public basic school students after the second term break will reopen school on September 13, 2022, to commence academic activities for the third term and vacate on December 22, 2022. They will spend 14 weeks in school that term.
The change from the semester to trimester calendar comes shortly Parliament’s Education Committee said the Minister for Education shall be summoned before Parliament if the semester-based calendar is used this academic year.
The Education Committee in a statement said it understands the adverse effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the education sector but the move to switch from the 3-term to the 2-term calendar is a step in the right direction.
“This academic calendar is an importation which does not suit our educational environment. As a Minority, we support the teacher unions in whatever means they will take to stop this semester system,” the Committee said on Tuesday.