Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister for Education have directed in the education sector that all academic calendar be reverted from the semester system to a trimester system in the country.
It could be noted that, on the 13th of January 2022, the Ghana Education Service GES announced a new reopening date for all public schools across the country from kindergarten to the senior high school level.
However, the new date from the GES indicated that all basic schools in the country will run a semester system and therefore, it was a surprise for the Ghana Teachers Unions in the country.
On that note, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-GH) the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU)and all the teacher’s unions all one accord on the day of reopening of all schools across the country opposed to the decision to form the Ghana Education Service GES further rationalising that, they do not know the new decision.
They further lamented that “Such a major policy change should have attracted a wide consultation and therefore find both the pronouncement and the document offensive and takes exception to them”.
However, due to the opposition from the Teachers Unions, a statement emanating from the Ministry of Education on the 21st of January 2022 signed by the press secretary Felix Baidoo directed that the calendar for the Kindergarten to the Junior High School be reverted from the semester system to the trimester system in the country.
However, with this move, the first term will run for 12 weeks from Tuesday, January 18th to Thursday, April 14th. There will also be about three weeks of vacations ahead of the second term.