The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa says, unlike the 2021 academic year calendar that was revised several times his outfit this time will make sure the 2022 academic calendar is stable.
Prof yesterday told the Daily Graphic newspaper a school calendar committee formed by the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum is currently working on the next year academic calendar and will in due course complete it.
He admitted the 2022 academic year calendar has been delayed but urged students, relevant stakeholders and the general public to exercise patience as it is for a good reason to avoid future changes as it happened in 2021.
“The delay is to ensure that we get it right this time around, and avoid some of the infractions that bedevilled the calendar during the 2021 academic year,” the Director-General told the Daily newspaper on Thursday.
The 2022 academic calendar being worked on by the school calendar committee Mr Amankwa said will in due course be made public. “We are running the final draft by heads of schools and other stakeholders for their input,” he added.
The calendar committee according to him is chaired by Deputy Education Minister, Mr John Ntim Fordjour and with members from the various sectors of the Ministry including the GES, Free SHS Secretariat, NaCCA and TVET Service.
Prof Kwasi Amankwa explained that the need for the ministerial committee has become necessary amid the inclusion of more public Technical, Vocation and Education Training (TVET) institutions under the Free SHS programme.
“The school calendar committee has become necessary for the need for the Ministry of Education to reconcile and have a workable calendar that took into consideration all those TVET schools,” the staff of the Education Service said.
The GES official indicated that the soon to release calendar looks beyond 2022 to 2023 and 2024 as it will gradually come back to the school calendar year, which ends in June/July and starts in September/October each academic year.
“Students stayed home for almost a year amid the Covid that disrupted the calendar of the learning system and there was the need then to have a calendar that takes into consideration the lost time so that we can catch up,” he noted.
The Director-General of GES has entreated members of the general public, particularly students to treat as false or fake any purported 2022 academic year calendar in circulation on various social media platforms, not from his outfit.