BREAKING: GES announces new dates for 2020 WASSCE and BECE

The Ghana Education Service has announced new dates for pre-tertiary final year students in Ghana.

President Akufo-Addo during his latest address on Sunday, 31st May 2020, has eased restrictions on public gatherings. The president has also directed for the reopening of schools for final year students to write their exit examination.

During a press briefing organized by the Ministry of information Tuesday morning, the Minister of Education Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh said Senior High Schools are to resume school on 22nd June, 2020 for the commencement of their academic work towards their final year examination (WASSCE).

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He also added that, the final year students in Junior High Schools are excepted to resume school on 29th June, 2020.

Giving a further breakdown, the Minister stated that, the Junior High School students will spend eleven weeks extensive tutorial after which they will write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) from 14th September, 2020 to 18th September, 2020.

Also, WASSCE candidates will write their final year examination thus: West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from 3rd August, 2020 to 4th September, 2020.

BACKGROUND

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed for the reopening of schools during his 10th update on measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus on Sunday, 31st May, 2020.

The president during his address has directed the Ministry of Education to further outline possible guidelines and measures to pave way for reopening of schools for final year students across the country to prepare for their exit examination.

Following the President’s directive, the Ministry of Education led by Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh popularly known as NAPO has outlined some key  measures for schools to reopen.

In a press briefing organized by the Ministry of Information on Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020, the Education Minister Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has  projected strict guidelines and measures to be followed by all educational institutions while students resume school.

The guidelines outlined by the Ministry of Education are in three categories this; JHS Re-opening, SHS Re-opening and Tertiary Re-opening.

Below are the measures outlined by the ministry as schools has been reopened for the final year students from 15th June, 2020.

Tertiary Re-opening

  • All Non-MoE educational institutions are also expected to re-open on Monday June 15, 2020.
  • Foreign Students who are outside the country and are identified will be allowed to return granted heir country will allow them events

SHS Re-opening

  • Re-opening on Monday June 22, 2020.
  • Final year Students (SHS 3) and SHS 2 Gold Track only.
  • Six Weeks of Academic work then five weeks for WASACE
  • All classes to be split – Not more than 25 students in a class.
  • All day students in Boarding Schools will be in boarding.
  • All schools will have enhanced daily health protocols.
  • Dining will be in batches in boarding schools.
  • No visitors allowed.
  • Schools are unavailable for religious activities.
  • No Sports and sporting events

JHS Re-opening

  • Re-opening on Monday June 29, 2020.
  • Final Year Students (JHS 3) only.
  • Eleven weeks of Academic work then one week for BECE.
  • All classes to be split- No more than 30 students in a class.
  • Classes will be from 9AM to 1PM Each day (Reduced School Day).
  • No breaks outside the  classroom.
  • Schools will have enhanced daily health protocol.
  • Schools will be unavailable for religious activities.
  • No sports or sporting events

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