Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has swiftly responded to the Teacher Unions directive on withdrawal of the 2022 Semester Academic Calendar.
In a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service Madam Cassandra Twum Ampofo on the Teacher Unions (GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH) claims that, GES takes unilateral decision to change the trimester academic calendar to semester academic calendar explained that, all key stakeholders that matters in education have been consulted.
Management of Ghana Education Service (GES) added that, they have taken note of the concerns raised in the press release by the Unions in Education about the new ACademic Calendar and contact hours for schools.
Earlier, the three (3) major Teacher Unions in Education thus; Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-GH) have directed the Ghana Education Service (GES) to withdraw 2022 Semester Academic Calendar for Public Basic Schools because the were not consulted.
In a statement issued by the Teacher Unions in reaction to the Unilateral change from the trimester academic calendar to semester academic calendar said, GES must immediately withdraw the policy, pending full consultations with the Unions in Education and other major stakeholders and do serve notice, that failure to do so would be resisted fiercely.
But, according to GES, indeed, the Ministerial Committee on Schools Calendar engaged representatives of the Unions and school Heads. However, they will continue to engage the Unions and other stakeholders if they have noted additional concerns since the release of the calendar.
Subsequently, Management has invited the Unions to a meeting on Thursday, 20th January, 2022 to discuss the additional issues raised.
Meanwhile, Management wishes to welcome back to school all basic school teachers, learners, and particularly, “My First Day at School” learners.
“We wish to assure parents, students, teachers and the general public that GES will work closely with the Unions and other stakeholders to ensure that the 2022 Academic Calendar is not disrupted.”
Management wishes to remind parents, learners and school authorities to continue to observe the Covid-19 health and safety protocols.