GES to announce ‘new’ school reopening date for SHS 1 students

The Ghana Education Service in due course will communicate a new school reopening date for 2021 BECE graduates yet to be admitted as first-year secondary school students, the spokesman for the Ministry of Education (MoE) has said.

Kwasi Kwarteng in an interview monitored by EducationWeb said the April 4, 2022 reopening date on the school placement form is a tentative date and does not necessarily mean students compulsory should report on that date.

According to him, the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Ghana TVET Service (TVET) are working tirelessly on the school placement and at the appropriate time will give further directives on the reopening period.

“The April 4, 2022 date on the 2022 academic calendar is tentative. The Ghana Education Service and its stakeholders will soon give details on the date for the next batch of Free SHS students to report to the school,” Mr Kwarteng stated.

The spokesperson’s comment comes after parents of students who participated in the just-ended Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) petitioned the Ministry of Education (MoE) to postpone the April 4, 2022 reporting date.

Speaking to EducationWeb on Saturday, they entreated the Education Service and Ministry to extend the reopening date of the yet to be admitted BECE graduates amid the undue delay in the release of the computer placement results.

The concerned parents on March 26, 2022, said the 2022 academic year school reopening date if postponed will enable them to prepare adequately before their wards report to their placed second cycle schools in April this year.

The Ministry of Education late Saturday released the 2021 computer school placement. A total of 555,353 prospective students out of the 572,167 who sat for the 2021 BECE qualified for postings into various public secondary schools.

In a statement announcing the release of the computer placement, the Education Ministry said a total of 367,811 students who partook in the national examination administered by WAEC secured automatic school placement.

“A total of 187,542 qualified candidates will have to do self-placement to select from available schools since they could not be matched with any of their choices,” the Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum led Ministry said in the press release on Friday.


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