FREE SHS IN COMA As GES Re-Schedules School Reopening

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced that it has rescheduled the reopening of schools for SHS Form 3 students to May 5, 2021.

The announcement was made in a statement released by the GES today, April 6, 2021. The statement explains the postponement was decided on after management considered a proposal from the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) suggested it.

“This applies to all Form 3 students (single track and double track schools). Further details will be announced. All other arrangements on the calendar remain unchanged,” the GES said, adding that the arrangement is to give the SHS 3 students an uninterrupted instruction period till they write their final examination.

“The current arrangement, therefore, means that when the final year students report on 5th May 2021, they will be in school until they write their WASSCE. Management of GES, therefore, considers this as a better option where the students will not break their instruction period and have their full 1,080 hours needed prior to the final examination,” explains the GES.

This is not the first time the GES is rescheduling the reopening of school for SHS students. Last month, it postponed the reopening for SHS for new form 1 students from March 18 through to March 21.

This also means that the government has subtly tweaked the school arrangement one more time after it had controversially started the “double track” system to accommodate the avalanche of new students taking advantage of its free SHS policy.

The Akufo Addo administration has been blamed for its ineptitude in failing to provide requisite infrastructure for the free school policy, hence the need for the constant tweaking of the school calendar.

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