Ghana’s Deputy Education Minister in charge of Pre-tertiary, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has hinted students vacation in the 2020/2021 academic year will be reduced to cover lost instructional hours amid school closure in 2020.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo in his first televised nation’s address directed for the closure of all schools in the country as part of measures to slow and curb the spread of the global novel coronavirus pandemic in the country.
But, the President later announced for final year students in the Junior and Senior High Schools to reopen school to complete the 2019/2020 academic year and sit for the 2020 BECE and WASSCE for School Candidates
Currently, schools have reopened to second-year students in Junior and Senior High Schools to continue with the 2019/2020 academic year and sit for the end of term examination and vacate on December 14, 2020.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in one of his nation’s addresses indicated learners in kindergarten, primary and first-year students in Junior High School and Senior High school would reopen the school in January 2021.
Speaking in an interview with the Kumasi-based Wontumi 101.3 FM monitored by Georgeweb.org, Dr Yaw Adutwum disclosed that students currently at home vacation in the next academic year will be reduced.
This Member of Parliament for the Bosomtwe Constituency said is to cover lost instructional hours amid the outbreak of the locally transmitted coronavirus leading to the temporal closure of schools in the country.
“So maybe a two (2) months vacation in the 2020/2021 academic year will be reduced to 1 and a half month or even a month to cover all lost the instructional hours amid the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The teaching Minister in the interview confirmed that all students in (kindergarten, primary, first-year Junior and Senior High School) in January 2021 will be promoted to the next level but have their vacations reduced.