Ministry of Education reverses Basic Schools semester calendar to trimester

Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum
Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum

The Ministry of Education, presided over by the Honourable Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has directed Ghana Education Service (GES) to reverse the semester academic calendar for Basic Schools to trimester academic calendar (3-term system).

According to the directive, Basic Schools in Ghana have been asked to undergo a trimester system instead of the recently proposed semester system for kindergarten to Junior High Schools.

The Director General, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa led Ghana Education Service (GES) has, on Thursday, January 13, 2022 announced new dates for reopening of Public Schools from Kindergarten to Senior High Schools.

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The academic Calendar as announced has introduced a continuation of semester system for Junior High Schools and Senior High Schools including the introduction of same for kindergarten and primary schools for the first time.

This decision has been challenged by major Teacher Unions in Ghana including other key stakeholders who matter in education such as Kofi Asare of African Education Watch, Mr. Ernest Kwame Adade of African Foundation for Educational Development (AFFED) and others.

READ MORE: Teacher Unions direct GES to withdraw 2022 Semester Academic Calendar

In a joint press statement, the three major Teacher Unions thus, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH) have kicked against the introduction of semester calendar into the Basic Schools and called on GES for a reverse and broader consultations on the subject matter.

The Unions directed withdraw of 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.

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According to the Unions, such a major policy change should have attracted a wide consultation and therefore find both the pronouncement and the document offensive and takes exception to them.

In a response to the agitations of the public and the Teacher Unions, the Ghana Education Service has note that, 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 and have subsequently invited the Unions to a meeting on Thursday, 20th January, 2022 to discuss the additional issues raised.

The Ministry of Education, in a new directive dated January 21, 2022, signed by Felix A. Baidoo, the Press Secretary to the Honourable Minister for Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has given an urgent directive to revert the semester academic calendar to trimester academic system.

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The statement said, “It may be recalled that the Ministerial Committee on School Calendar issued a calendar for the current academic year indicating that Kindergarten to Junior High School was to be based on the Semester system.”

“Following the directives to commence the Semester system, the Ministry has received representation from a section of the public and key educational stakeholders to re-instate the Trimester system.”

“After further consultation on the issue, the Honourable Minister for Education has directed that the calendar for Kindergarten to Junior High School for the current academic year should revert to the Trimester system.”

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Consequently, the dates for the various school terms for Kindergarten to Junior High School are as follows:

FIRST (1ST) TERM

18th January  – 14th April, 2022 (12 Weeks)

15th April – 9th May, 2022 (Vacation)

SECOND TERM (2ND) TERM

10th May – 18th August 2022 (14 Weeks)

19th August – 12th September, 2022 (Vacation)

THIRD (3RD) TERM

13th September – 22nd December, 2022 (14 Weeks)

With this new directive, Basic Schools are directed to discard the earlier semester academic calendar as announced by the Ghana Education Service and must follow the trimester academic calendar (3-term system).

Below is the statement from the Ministry of Education. 

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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