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BREAKING: Finally GES PRO Speaks On The Semester-Based Academic Calendar System; Sends Notice To The Public

Cassandra Twum Ampofo, GES Public Relations Officer, has asked parents and the general public to be more tolerant and open-minded regarding a plan to convert the present trimester system in kindergarten, primary, and junior high schools to a semester system.

The GES’s newly suggested semester-based academic schedule has been met with strong opposition and criticism. According to the new system, kids in these grades will spend 40 of the 52 weeks of the year in the classroom.

This means that kids will spend 20 weeks in school each semester and 40 weeks in total for the year.

As a result, several education stakeholders and unions have criticized the plan, claiming that it will be harmful and useless for children, particularly because it will require pupils to spend more time in school.

However, contrary to popular belief, the GES claims that the policy is aimed at the better welfare of students.

“We have even reduced the number because normally, we have 42 weeks but the committee which met brought it to 40 weeks, of course, there is one-month vacation between each of the 20 weeks and then we have holidays, weekends, and all of that and that has been the case,” Madam Twum Ampofo, the service’s PRO, told JoyNews.

Even while we were completing the trimester, we had 12, sometimes 14, weeks; it’s just that we were aligning to the basic and senior high school semesters, so it appeared to be a longer span.

“We encourage our parents and everybody to bear with us and definitely it’s the best we want for our kids.

She however maintained that there is room for consultations and further discussions with stakeholders, to ensure that ultimately, all parties reach a consensus and are satisfied.

“We always invite discussions and everything. Whatever discussions are on the table, we will consider. I can’t say for a fact that we will consider rescinding the decision or not but I know this is a policy issue and it will come from the ministry but I know the minister and director-general will definitely have a look at it and then we’ll welcome all opinions and then see because it is the best for the country,” she said.


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