The Coalition of Concerned Teacher Ghana (CCT-GH) is calling on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to bring back the trimester system for Junior High Schools across the country.
Addressing a press conference, the National President of the Coalition of Concerned Teacher Ghana (CCT-GH) Mr. King Ali Awudu said, there is a need for the return of the trimester system to at least give enough rest time for the students since concentration is key in teaching and learning and also for the instructors to have adequate time to research, teach well and access the Pupils.
According to he Association, though they all agreed that, the semester system was adopted by the Ghana Education Service (GES) as a means to recover (Recovering Teaching) from the 2020 academic year disrupted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, there is a need to go back to the trimester system.
The Union believes that, teachers have done their best to risk their lives to go to school and teach under these risky conditions as most of the Basic Schools are unable to practice the social distancing recommendation by the Ghana Health Service.
Leadership of the Coalition of Concerned Teacher Ghana (CCT-GH) said teachers have expressed worry about the number of days spent in the Semester System as Junior High School Students and Teachers spend over twenty weeks in school in a semester.
The Union has expressed dissatisfaction as too much stress is put on the teachers and the students as well. Adding to that, Mr. King Ali Awudu said, a visit to some of the schools confirmed the lack of concentration by the students and the stress they are going through. CCT-GH believes that the Ghana Education Service (GES) is very much aware of this situation.