Single-track teachers and SHS students angry as GES declares a 5-month stay in school this semester

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Senior high school teachers and students running the single-track system are asking the Ghana Education Service for an explanation of the new academic year 2019/2020 time table describing it as unfair.

Single-track SHS teachers and students have been in school since September 15, 2019, and have gone on break on December 20, 2019, which they were expected to resume by the initial calendar on March 1, 2020.

Nevertheless, according to GES’ new directive, Singletrack teachers and students will also register in January and go on holiday in early June 2020.

This ensures that, despite not having adequate time for the first year, Form One and Two Single Track Senior High School students should spend nearly six (6) straight months in school again, according to the Ghana Education Service’s new directive.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) announced that all Form Three Senior High School (SHS) students will be reinstated on Sunday, January 2, 2020.

Cassandra Twum Ampofo, the statement signed by the GES Head of Public Relations Department, said Form One and Two Green Track students, as well as Form One Gold Track students, will also reopen on January 5, 2020, to conclude their first semester.

All students of Form 2 Gold Track will, however, resume on March 1, 2020.

“Form 2 Gold students are expected to have a full session to continue and finish part of their first semester and to continue to finish the second semester of the academic year 2019/2020.”

The statement called for teaching staff as well as students to “return over the weekend to ensure full academic work resumes on Monday, January 6, 2020,” the statement noted.

According to the GES, the move is to provide for ample time for the final year students to study for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

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