The Ministry of Education (MoE) following reports some Junior High School students are still in school despite their vacation on December 7, 2021, has directed for the closure of all public Junior High Schools effective immediately.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) in a communique sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said Heads of public Junior High Schools across the country are to take note and act accordingly to new directives from the Education Ministry.
“The Ministry of Education has directed Ghana Education Service (GES) to allow JHS schools to vacate as per their scheduled vacation date. Please note and act accordingly,” the Management of GES stated on Thursday.
The Education Ministry directive comes after the Education Service on Tuesday said the vacation date of public basic schools previously scheduled for December 7, 2021, has been extended to Friday, December 17, 2021.
In a social media post sighted by EductionWeb, the Service said the vacation date has been extended to December 17, 2021. “Please note that all Public Basic Schools ( KG-JHS) will vacate on the 17th of December 2021,” it added.
The extension of the vacation GES in a statement said is to enable the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to administer the maiden edition of the National Standardised Test for primary four pupils in various public schools.
But, the Deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Education (MoE), Mr Yaw Opoku Mensah speaking to EducationWeb on December 7, 2021, said government Junior High School students are excluded from the Friday vacation.
“Junior High Schools are to maintain the original date for vacation. Only primary schools are to vacate on Friday, December 17, 2021, the same date scheduled for the conduct of the national standardised test,” he told EducationWeb.
The MoE spokesperson explained that the forthcoming national assessment examination to be conducted on Friday, December 17, 2021, is purposely to improve learning outcomes and reduce learning poverty in the country.
Mr Opoku Mensah indicated that the piloting of the Ghana standardized examination will be administered to only students in primary four this year and later to primary 2 and 6 pupils when the next academic year start in 2022.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has disclosed private school students in the country in the next academic year will participate in the 2022 national standardised examination.
“We have had a series of meetings on this standard assessment with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and have concluded that from the next academic year, NSAT 2022 will cover all Schools in both the public and private sector.
As it stands now, this pilot assessment whose focus is on the basic 4 class is for only public schools. NSAT 2022 and beyond will however focus on classes 2, 4, & 6” the Executive Director for the Council, Mr Enoch Gyetuah stated.