The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa has announced Tuesday, January 18, 2022, as the date government basic schools will reopen school to commence academic activities for 2022.
In an interview with Accra-based UTV monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, the Director-General said public basic schools were supposed to reopen on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, but the resumption date was extended by a week.
The earlier January 11 basic school reopening date, Prof Opoku-Amankwa said was postponed amid the conduct of the maiden edition of the national standardised test for all primary four students in government basic schools.
“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 told UTV today.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) official indicated an official 2022 school calendar in due course will be made available to relevant stakeholders, prospective students and members of the general public this week.
Mr Amankwa announcement of the public basic school reopening date comes shortly after the Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Select Committee of Parliament, Dr Clement Apaak called for the date to be made public.
In a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh, the Member of Parliament for Builsa South Constituency said the delay in the announcement of the government school reopening date is a worrying situation that 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 spokesman for the Ministry of Education (MoE) in line with the GES Director-General has said the ministerial committee set up by the Minister for Education will release the 2022 school academic calendar this week.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) on Monday said the school calendar committee set up by the Ministry of Education last week Thursday submitted a final draft of their document to the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum.
“What the Education Minister has done is to now set the clarity, so that the inconsistencies and of course the discrepancies in our academic calendar, that we have been witnessing, will be a thing of the past,” he stated.
Mr Kwasi Kwarteng indicated that the school calendar committee set up by the Minister in charge of Education is chaired by the Deputy Education Minister, Ntim Fordjour and representatives from NaCCA, GES and TVET service.