All public basic schools in Ghana will reopen on Tuesday, January 18, 2021, according to Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
The schools were set to resume on Tuesday, January 11, 2021, but had to be postponed for January 18, 2022, according to him.
He explained that the extra week was provided to compensate instructors and students for missing a week of vacation last year owing to the National Standardised Test (NST), which was administered on December 17, 2021.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa stated that the Service was working on the academic calendar for freshmen and continuing students for Senior High Schools reopening date.
He also stated that the Ministry of Education’s Ministerial Committee on Schools Calendar has presented its white paper to the Minister of Education.
Mr. John Ntim Fordjour, a Deputy Minister of Education, chairs the school calendar committee, which includes officials from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), GES, and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) department.
From 2022 through 2024, the school calendar will include dates for all public school activities, including reopenings, holidays, and school tests.
It is planned to be a comprehensive calendar that would solve issues with school activity dates and timetables while also providing relief to parents and children.
Meanwhile, on January 5, 2022, public Senior High Schools reopened.