• Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Meeting between GES, teacher unions on semester system ends inconclusively

A meeting between the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the heads of several teacher unions to discuss the introduction of a semester-based academic calendar for public pre-tertiary institutions ended in a deadlock.

The conference was called in response to teacher unions GNAT, NAGRAT, CCT, and TEWU accusing the Ghana Education Service of failing to engage widely before releasing the calendar.

Cassandra Twum Ampofo, the Ghana Education Service’s Public Relations Officer, told Citi News that “we met the teacher unions, we presented our point before them, just like they did.” They insisted on using the trimester system again. We were unable to achieve an agreement.”

She stated that GES will contact the teaching unions in the coming weeks to set up another meeting “so we can finally settle the matter.”

Meanwhile, teaching union leaders have stated that they will not give up their fight for their demands.

GNAT, NAGRAT, and CCT have all urged for the timetable to be scrapped, as it establishes a semester-based curriculum for kindergarten and primary school students.

For different reasons, teaching unions and several civil society organizations have objected to the proposal to transition to a semester system for the academic year.

The unions are concerned that, among other things, such a move will result in a protracted school calendar, negatively impacting the health and concentration of students and educators.

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