Junior High School teachers vow to defy GES new vacation date directive

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A teacher teaching students
A teacher teaching students

Junior High Schools teachers have vowed not to comply with the Ghana Education Service (GES) new vacation date directive in order to conduct a National Standardized Test for Primary four (4) pupils across the country.

According to some of the teachers who spoke to Coverghana.com.gh news team off camera said, they will not obey the new directive from the Ghana Education Service that, Basic Schools should vacate on 17th December, 2021.

The teachers have expressed worry and disastisfaction in the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) saying that, they have spent barely six (6) months in school for the Second Semester, a situation which has never happened in the history of Ghana’s Educational System since independence.

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The teachers believe that, Junior High Schools are running extirely different academic calendar from Primary Schools hence, cannot waiting in school for another one week just because, GES has scheduled an impromptu National Standardized Test for just Primary four (4) pupils.

One Mr. Kwaku Freeman Abayatetey said, Junior High Schools have ended their six months academic calendar and while waiting for vacation on Tuesday, 7th December 2021, management of GES issued a directive for an extension for less than 24 hours to vacation.

He explained that, Junior High Schools have commenced the Second Semester on 6th July, 2021 and are expected to vacate today, 7th December, 2021.

He added that, in any case the Ghana Education Service wants to extend the vacation date for Basic Schools, it should be for only the Primary Schools exclusive the Junior High Schools.

According to him, it is clear that, the current management of the Ghana Education Service under the leadership of the Director-General Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa lacks proper planning, hence keeps on changing date anyhow.

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BACKGROUND

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has extended the vacation date for all Basic Schools to 17th December, 2021 so as to conduct a National Standardised Test for Basic 4 learners.

According to the Service, the National Standardised Test for Primary four (4) pupils/learners will be written on the 17th of 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.

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The Examination, according to the Ghana Education Service is designated to generate the requisite data for any needful intervention.

As a result, all Basic schools will vacate on the 17th of December 2021.

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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.

Speaking in an interview with TV3, to confirm the new schedules, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Education Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng,  said, this becomes very necessary as a result of the upcoming National Standardized Test to be written by all Basic 4 Pupils across the Country.

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With this, all Public Basic Schools to vacate on the 17th December, 2021 no more  10th December, 2021 as stated earlier on the academic Calendar.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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