The Minority in Parliament has expressed their displeasure in the Newly Introduced Semester System Of the 2022 academic calendar for public pre-tertiary schools in the country and has called for immediate withdrawal.
According to the Minority, though it understands the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Education sector which brought the loss of almost one academic year, the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service are professionally getting it wrong in fixing the academic calendar for the basic schools.
In a statement, signed by the Ranking Member, Peter Kotoe sighted by Honestynewsgh communicates that the policy lacks academic touch.
“As a Minority, we fully support the Teacher Unions in whatever democratic means they will take to stop this semester system from being imposed on them”, portion of the statement said.
“It is interesting to note that a technical committee was set up by the Minister of Education under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Minister instead of the professionals; the Director-General himself or any of his two deputies. This committee was to propose the calendar for the approval of the Minister. This is one reason why the release of dates for the academic calendar was delayed.
“Why should the Ministry of Education take over the responsibility of the Ghana Education Service in the preparation of a common academic calendar? Is the Ministry of Education becoming the policy-making body and the implementer at the same time?” the Minority asked.
The caucus is hereby calling on GES to maintain its professional stance and not allow the Minister of Education to dictate the pace for them.
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