2022 New Trimester Academic Calendar for Basic Schools

Students in class
Students in class

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service have reversed the semester academic calendar to trimester academic calendar for Basic Schools.

The directive from the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum in a statement signed by his press secretary, Felix A. Baidoon on Friday, 22nd January, 2022 has directed all Basic Schools to run the trimester academic calendar (3-term system) instead of the earlier directive on two semesters academic calendar.

This followed agitation of teacher unions and other key stakeholders in education against the introduction of the semester academic calendar for Basic Schools.


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It may be recalled that the Ministerial Committee on School Calendar issued a calendar for the current academic year indicating that Kindergarten to Junior High School was to be based on the Semester system.

Following the directives to commence the Semester system, the Ministry has received representation from a section of the public and key educational stakeholders to re-instate the Trimester system

After further consultation on the issue, the Honourable Minister for Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has directed that the calendar for Kindergarten to Junior High School for the current academic year should revert to the Trimester system.

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Consequently, the dates for the various school terms for Kindergarten to Junior High School are as follows as announced by the Minister are as follow:


18th January  – 14th April, 2022 (12 Weeks)

15th April – 9th May, 2022 (Vacation)


10th May – 18th August 2022 (14 Weeks)

19th August – 12th September, 2022 (Vacation)


13th September – 22nd December, 2022 (14 Weeks)

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1st Term 18th January – 14th April, 2022 15th April – 9th May, 2022 12
2nd Term 10th May -18th August, 2022 19th May – 12th September 14
3rd Term 13th September – 22nd December, 2022 23rd December – 14


With this new directive, Basic Schools are directed to discard the earlier semester academic calendar as announced by the Ghana Education Service and must follow the trimester academic calendar (3-term system).

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh


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