The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Mr Kofi Asare says the frequent changes in the SHS timetable or calendar for the 2021/2022 academic year is putting the popular free Senior High School (Free SHS) in a bad light.
His comment comes after the Ghana Education Service (GES) after asking final year SHS students to go home as a result of a mid-semester break later directed for the students to stay on campus to observe the midterm break.
In a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh, the Service said the cancellation of the midterm break was on the advice of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as part of measures to slow and curb Covid-19 in some schools.
But, Mr Asare reacting to the midterm break said erratic changes in the SHS calendar does not only inconvenience parents, students and teachers, but also embarrasses the government by putting the free SHS into a bad state.
“I have always complained that erratic changes to a highly uncertain SHS calendar does not only inconvenience parents, students and teachers, but embarrasses the government by putting the free SHS into a bad light,” he stated.
He added, “I have discussed these issues with the Minister not once, and have always insisted that, until the Ministry/GES begins to sanction those sleeping on their jobs, toying with our SHS academic timetable, nothing will change.”
According to the Education economist and policy analyst, If the impunity in the excuse of the double-track system is not broken, the SHS timetable will remain to change like an amoeba.