The Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana, (CCT-GH) is calling on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reverse vacation date extension directive for Basic Schools across the country.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has earlier announced an extension of vacation date for all Basic Schools to 17th December, 2021 so as to conduct a National Standardised Test.
According to the Ghana Education Service, the National Standardised Test is for Primary four (4) pupils/learners and shall be written on 17th December, 2021.
The Service explained that, a total of 561,595 Primary 4 Public School pupils from 15,911 schools will be writing the examination across 2,609 Examination centres with an average of 200 pupils per centre.
The Examination, according to the Ghana Education Service is designated to generate the requisite data for any needful intervention.
Meanwhile, management of the Ghana Education Service assures teachers, pupils and the general public that, they will make up for the lost vacation period in the next academic calendar.
In reacting to the GES’s directive, the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana said, they have sighted directives from some Directorates of Ghana Education Service asking Basic Schools to stay in school till the 17th of December, 2021.
These directives are meant to enable Primary four pupils to undertake the National Standardized Test by the Ministry of Education scheduled for 17th of December, 2021.
The leadership of CCT explained that, the academic calendar for 2021 is supposed to end on 7th December, 2021 for the JHS and 10th December, 2021 for the Pre-school and Primary.
In a statement issued by Adokwei Ayikwei-Awulley, the Communication Director of CCT has stated unequivocally that they do not agree with this directive and that the Ministry should schedule such tests to fall within the academic calendar.
“We are calling on GES to reverse this decision with immediate effect and allow teachers to proceed on their vacation.” The statement added.