Mr Daniel Fenyi, an educationist, has expressed concern over the Ghana Education Service’s insistence on first year SHS students to report to school on Monday, December 4, 2023.
GES urged to postpone the reporting date for SHS students. Photo credit: Advisor Daniel Fenyi and Ghana Education Service/Facebook
Delving into details, he explained High school placements for high school graduates have recently been released, so it was only right that parents were given ample time to provide everything their children need for a comfortable stay at school.
Another concern he raised was the short period these students would spend at school before being told to go home for the holidays.
“Parents have only three or four days to buy everything on the prospectus and send their children away so they can spend just two weeks on campus and go home. We know that the first week on campus is usually intended for familiarization. Therefore, technically, our children will only have one week of academic work, if at all. This arrangement does not fit the logic. Why should we put parents under great financial pressure to keep the children to do only one week of academic work and return home? children who have to travel very long distances across the country to return within a few days. The risk to their lives and the waste of money on expensive rates.'
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Mr Fenyi appealed to GES to reconsider its decision and allow the first-year students to report to school in January 2024.
He also requested the GES to revise the academic calendar.
'Let our children go to school in January, when the parents would have had sufficient time to prepare financially, to obtain most of the items in the prospectus, and the children themselves would have mentally prepared for the arduous task of secondary education. school education. Even you Ghana Education Service as a service would have been able to resolve all outstanding issues regarding the placement by then” “The teachers unions have already written to you as teachers. I am also writing to you as a parent. Together we emphasize that the current arrangement does not work for any of the stakeholders.” he added.
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Kwasi Kwarteng, the ministry's spokesperson, said the academic calendar was released weeks ago so parents can prepare in advance.
“If you look at the academic calendar, it had been in the public domain for some time and the expectation was that parents, guardians and even students had prepared in advance,” he said.