His Excellency Akufo-Addo in his recent address to the nation announced for second-year Junior and Senior high school students to return back to school on October 5 and for students in JHS 1 and SHS 1 to reopen 2021.
Since the unexpected closure of schools in the country on March 16, 2020, the date of reopening school has always been important to the members of the general public, particularly students and parents.
Although everybody is clear now on the reopening of school but comments on social media after the President’s nation’s address indicates not all of us understands why schools were not reopened to students in JHS 1 and SHS 1.
After a broad consultation with some educationist, we came across an explanation which we believe was considered by the Ghana Education Service (GES) in their decision to reopen schools for all levels 2021.
An educationist, kwabina Sam, when contacted by Georgeweb.org said schools were not reopened to all levels because students will automatically be promoted to the next level when school reopens in January 2021.
He added that the 2019/2020 academic year has ended for students in all Nursery, Kindergarten, primary, JHS 1 and SHS 1, hence their reopening of school scheduled for January 2021.
Commenting on students promotion he said in January next year, Form 2 students will be promoted to Form 3 and Form 1 student being promoted to Form 2 and BECE candidates will be in SHS 1 likewise primary 6 students getting promoted to JHS 1.
Mr Kwabina Sam furthered that, prospective students who are currently at home as a temporal school break amid coronavirus, when schools reopened in January 2021 will start the 2020/2021 academic year together.
According to him,” the reason why they want the Form 2 students to go is that they don’t want their final exams to be affected. They want them to catch up quickly so by the time their final exam is due they might have completed their syllabus”.