Government abandons ‘rejected’ semester system: returns to three terms for KG
Ministry of Education announces new school calendar for public schools
Teachers’ unions concerned about semester system for public schools
The government makes an about-face and abandons the Semester for Quarter system
The government released a new school calendar just a week after the school year resumed for public pre-primary and primary schools across the country.
The new calendar mainly announces the restoration of the system of three mandates and thereby the suspension of a semester which was to be put in place.
The original calendar stipulated that the current school year, from kindergarten to middle school, “should be based on the semester system”.
The January 21, 2022 statement continued that the department had received a representation from a stakeholder demanding the restoration of the quarterly system.
“After further consultation on the matter, the Honorable Minister of Education has directed that the kindergarten through college calendar for the current school year be reverted to the term system.
The dates for the new academic year are as follows:
January 18 – April 14, 2022
April 15 – May 9, 2022
May 10 – August 18, 2022
August 19 – September 12, 2022
September 13 – December 22, 2022
Some of the unions that opposed the introduction of a semester-based academic calendar were;
Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT)
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT),
The Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana
Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU)
In a press release from the education unions, which includes the unions listed above, they called for an immediate reversal as the policy change should have prompted wide consultation.
They also argued that the decision was an imposition by the GES on key stakeholders.
“The Education Unions consider the decision taken to unilaterally change the school calendar to a semester calendar as arbitrary and an imposition by the GES on the main actors of which the Education Unions are a part,” they said in the statement. joint press release.
However, the Deputy Minister of Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, insisted that the newly introduced academic calendar will not be changed.
“The calendar is effective and we are not going to change it. This is what we are going to work with. It will stand the test of time; it will be beneficial and helpful for everyone in the end,” he said.