Minority in Parliament wants new academic Calendar for Pre-Tertiary Schools withdrawn

Parliament of Ghana
File photo of the Minority in Parliament

The Minority in Parliament has called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education to withdraw the 2022 academic calendar which stipulates a permanent semester system for basic and secondary level institutions.

According to the Minority, the semester calendar “lacks professional touch.” They therefore called for a more “academically friendly and healthy one”.

Ranking Member on Parliament’s Education Committee, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe,

In a statement signed by Ranking Member on Parliament’s Education Committee, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, the Minority noted that it is the responsibility of the Ghana Education Service to fix the academic calendar for all pre-tertiary institutions in the country.

The statement questioned why the Ministry of Education should take over the responsibility of the Ghana Education Service in the preparation of the calendar. 

The Minority believes that the committee in its work, failed to consider the age of the learners for whom they have developed the calendar.

The statement comes after some unions in the basic education sector called on the GES to immediately withdraw the new policy which changes the trimester to a semester-based academic calendar. 

The Minority has further advised the Ghana Education Service to maintain its professional stance and “not allow the Minister of Education to dictate to them.

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