The Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) following approval by the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has announced this year’s basic and secondary school reopening dates for the 2022 academic year.
According to a release copied to EducationWeb.com.gh, all government kindergarten, primary and Junior High School (JHS) students will reopen school on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, to commence academic activities for the new year.
It indicated second and third-year students in various Senior High Schools will return to campus on Monday, February 7, 2022, and Monday, April 4, 2022, for first-year students whose BECE results are yet to be released by WAEC.
“A full calendar for the 2022 academic year for pre-tertiary public schools will be made available to students and members of the general public in due course,” the Education Service stated in a press release on Thursday.
The announcement of public basic and secondary school reopening dates comes after the Parlament Education Select Committee called on the Ministry of Education to fast track process to release the 2022 school calendar.
The Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Select Committee of Parliament, Dr Clement Apaak commenting on the delay in the announcement of the school reopening date said the situation is worrying and must be addressed quickly.
“We don’t know exactly when Public Basic Schools will reopen. Today, January 10, 2022, Private Basic schools have reopened. When will Public Basic schools reopen, we need to know,” the Education Committee member urged.
The Director-General of GES responding to the Parliament Education Committee attributed the delay to the conduct of the maiden edition of the national standardised test which made the service extend the vacation date by a week.
“We extended the vacation date for basic schools late December last year for basic four students to sit for the 2021 edition of the standardised test examination, so by next week school will reopen for students,” he said on UTV.
Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa also said the delay was to ensure that his outfit get the timetable right this time around, and avoid some of the infractions that bedevilled the calendar during the 2021 academic year.
The full school calendar when released the GES official has said will go beyond 2022 to 2023 and 2024 academic years adding that it has been delayed to ensure no future changes as it happened in the just ended 2021 academic year.
“The new school 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 noted.