The Ministry of Education (MoE) has promised that a comprehensive academic calendar for schools will be provided this week, putting an end to the commotion surrounding the reopening of public schools.
Mr Kwasi Kwarteng, a Ministry spokeswoman, informed the media that the work of a ministerial committee set up to establish the calendar for the year 2024 has been finished.
“The draft report is done, but we will have the final report and transmit to the public within the week,” he stated, claiming that dates circulating on social media were unsubstantiated.
The uncertainty surrounding public school reopening dates has caused concern among parents who believe their children have been left behind because their peers in private schools have already reopened.
Some parents believe that before schools closed for the Christmas vacation last month, they were promised that basic schools would reopen this week, but that they were then ordered to wait for confirmation of the dates.
Mr Kwarteng responded to the delay in announcing new dates by saying that the ministry was working on releasing a calendar that would fix the gaps and inconsistencies caused by COVID-19 limits and other circumstances.
He claimed that external examinations such as the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) have affected the schedules for school admissions.
He explained that it was against this backdrop that the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, formed a committee to find a long-term solution, which was chaired by one of his deputies, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour.
He stated that the committee, which includes officials from the Ghana Education Service, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, and the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), would produce a calendar for this year and the following years.