Form 2 and 3 Senior High School students will return to their various campuses on Monday, February 7, 2022, to continue academic activities for the 2022 academic year, the Ghana Education Service (GES) said on Thursday.
GES in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh also said 2021 BECE School graduates after their school placement has been released will start their secondary level education on April 4, 2022, in their placed Senior High School.
For government kindergarten, primary and Junior High Schools, the Management of the Ghana Education Service *(GES) indicated they will reopen on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, to commence academic work for the academic year.
“The full calendar for the 2022 academic year for pre-tertiary schools will be made available at various media platforms of the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service websites and other platforms,” GES stated in the release.
In a related story, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng has debunked claims the central government has completely scrapped the double-track system from public Senior High Schools.
The spokesman in a post said the gold and track system introduced by the government to contain enrolment in secondary schools amid Free SHS policy has only been eliminated for first and second-year Senior High Schools.
“What it means is that all Form 1 and Form 2 students will go to school each as one cohort not divided into two. As more buildings are completed entire school populations will report to school at the same time as one cohort,” he said.
His clarification comes after the Deputy Minister for Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour Thursday told Accra-based radio station the green and gold track system has been suspended for the 2022 academic year.
The Reverend Minister told Okya FM said adequate measures have been put in place by the Education Ministry and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure students returning this year are not overcrowded in Senior High Schools.
“Arrangements have been made to ensure that more infrastructure is provided in schools to absorb more students and ensure that more students are admitted into the free senior high school program,” Mr John Ntim said on Thursday.
The Deputy Education Minister however said government Senior High Schools without enough structures to suspend the gold and green track system will have only one batch to be on vacation instead of the previous system.
“Schools without enough facilities to absorb the current system will have only one batch to be on vacation. ie. If first years are on vacation, you still have second and final year students still in school,” the Reverend Minister stated.
The Assin South Member of Parliament indicated the central government’s decision to abolish the double-track system follows prudent and strategic planning in the construction of educational infrastructure in schools across the country.