The Ghana Education Service (GES) has instructed first-year students at all pre-tertiary institutions to report to school today, Monday, December 4, 2023, despite calls by stakeholders to reconsider the reopening date.
Some four teacher unions including NAGRAT, GNAT, CCT-GH and TEWU petitioned the GES whereas some parents also raised concerns regarding the challenges stakeholders could face should the December 4 reopening date be maintained.
Parliament also called on the Education Minister to consider the first week of January for the first years to report to school instead of December.
In a statement, the Parliamentary Service had noted that, “due to the short notice with its attendant inconvenience to students, parents, teaching, and non-teaching staff, the House proposes for the consideration of the Hon. Minister of Education the first week of January 2024 as a more convenient and appropriate time for parents, students, and teachers to adequately prepare for academic work.”
“It is the expectation of management that schools begin registration and orientation of students from the 4th of December 2023,” the GES responded in a statement turning down the request of Parliament.
The Ghana Education Service had indicated that, with the 598,839 candidates who qualified for placement, 585,797 of them were put into various Senior High Schools and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Schools (TVET) across the country through the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).
The GES urged those who did not get schools to visit the Service’s website for self placement.