Next academic year for basic schools Pushes to January 2021 by the Government

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that the Ghana Education Service (GES) in consultation with relevant stakeholders has moved the next academic year for nursery, kindergarten, primary and junior high schools to January 2021.

Second-year JHS students will, however, resume on Monday, October 5 to complete their academic work.

He made this known in his 16th update to the nation on Sunday, August 30.

“The next academic year will resume in January 2021, with appropriate adjustments made to the curriculum, to ensure that nothing is lost from the previous year.

“The relevant dispositions will also be made so that the presence, at the same time, in school of all streams of students, can occur in safety.”

Schools were shut on Monday, March 15 in an audacious effort by government to curb the spread of Covid-19 a couple of days after Ghana recorded two index cases.

Since then, final-year junior and senior high school students have resumed to complete their final examinations.

The SHS students resumed on Monday, June 22 and the JHS students resumed on Monday, June 29.

The final-year SHS students have since begun their West African Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), which will end on Friday, September 4.

The final year JHS students are preparing for their Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), which begins on Monday, September 14.

The rest of the students have stayed home since March 15.

“I appreciate fully the inconvenience and the financial burden the continued stay at home of children are posing to parents and guardians,” President AKufo-Addo observed.

“Fellow Ghanaians, these are a necessary price to pay in our efforts to protect the lives of our children, as well as to limit and contain the spread of the virus in our country.”

  By Joseph Coffie
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