Over 81% first year students placed in schools of choice; reporting date remains Dec 4 - Education Minister
The need to return to the pre-COVID academic calendar and the placement of over 81 percent of first year students into senior high schools of their choice are the basis for which the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education are going by the plan for first year students to report today, December 4, 2023.
The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said this on the floor of Parliament on Monday afternoon.
“Given that over 81% of students were automatically placed based on their choices, it cannot be said that a lot of placements are yet to be remedied because some candidates have been placed under the region they reside.
“In addition, for the first time the Ministry of Education with its relevant agencies and stakeholders, developed a National Harmonized Prospectus for all SHS and TVET students. This was to give parents ample time to buy the prospectus items and get their wards ready for school on December 4, 2023”.
Despite concerns about the short period students have to prepare before reporting to school, the Ministry of Education on Thursday, November 30, insisted that fresh Senior High School students must report to school on Monday, December 4, 2023 as contained in the 2023/2024 academic calendar released by the GES.
Dr. Adutwum also denied assertions that teaching and non-teaching staff have not had ample time to rest ahead of the reopening of schools.
“Since the introduction of the double track calendar in 2017, more of teaching and non- teaching staff have been employed to schools as a matter of fact, majority of teachers are only at post when a particular track is in session. So it cannot be true that all teachers have never had any rest since the double track was introduced,” He added