Mr David Adu Karikari, a teacher at Nana Baadu D/A JHS in the Kwahu Afram Plains North District has suggested that, G.E.S takes a critical look at the academic calendar for schools across the country.
The suggestion came after schools have been closed down across the country due to Covid-19 outbreak.
Mr Karikari is of the view that, the final year students should be made to write their examinations (BECE and WASSCE) whiles a mass promotion be done for all continuing students.
“Looking at the rate at which the virus is spreading, I suggest the final year students be made to write their examination under strict order and observation of social distancing. For the continuing students, a mass promotion would not be bad,” he said.
The teacher further suggested that, the Ministry of Education together with the Ghana Education Service should use the rest of the months within the year to plan a new academic calendar.
“Moving on, I would suggest that, both GES and MoE should consider forgoing the rest of the 2019/2020 academic year. They should rather plan on reopening schools in January so that a year would be considered an academic year and not what is being practiced currently,” he added.
Below is his suggested academic calendar.
First Term – January to March
Second Term – May to July
Third Term – September to November.
A critical look at the suggested calendar for a new academic reveals that, prior to the 83 to 85 days of vacation in the previous academic calendar, if implemented, the new one would have a 90 days of vacation.
This suggestion came up as the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service and other stakeholders in the education sector are working hard to put measures in place should schools be reopened.
David Adu Karikari