On 6th April 2021, the Ghana Education Company, in a letter signed by its Head of Public Relations Unit, Cassandra Twum Ampofo, declared postponement of the reopening date for the SHS3 students.
This postponement came at a time that most of the learners had currently arrived in school or, ended up on their way to college.
Adjustments had been also made in the tutorial calendar for the SHS1 & 2 pupils. That improve in the tutorial calendar was the fourth inside of three months of the 2021 tutorial yr!
This sudden postponement introduced about general public outcry for which, I learnt, the Education and learning authorities rendered an apology to pupils and moms and dads.
In an post titled “Mistracking the Free SHS Educational Calendar, an Incurable Malady for the Ghana Education Provider?” dated 9th April 2021, I indicated that there were being nonetheless some issues in the revised calendar and predicted that the GES was likely to change even the revised calendar before the close of the to start with Semester.
The situation I postulated in Part TWO of that short article was that there was no way the SHS3 learners could report to faculty on 5th May well 2021 with the SHS2 and SHS1 eco-friendly monitor learners however in faculty till their owing holiday vacation date on 25th June 2021.
I indicated that possibly the SHS2 environmentally friendly track, or 1 of the SHS1 tracks would have to be sent property previously than prepared in order to generate area in lecture rooms and dormitories for the SHS3 on 5th Might 2021.
THE NEW REVISED CALENDAR
Legitimate to my prediction, the Ghana Instruction Assistance issued yet another letter which not only altered the now seriously battered calendar, but also developed additional confusion that remaining Heads of university, lecturers and mom and dad alarmed and furious.
As if to share the blame among the GES Administration, the most current letter saying the new improvements in the tutorial calendar was not signed by the Director General Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, or Deputy Director Standard in demand of Management Services Law firm Anthony Boateng, or the Head of General public Relations Unit Cassandra Twum Ampofo as had been the craze.
It was alternatively signed by the other Deputy Director Normal in cost of Excellent and Accessibility, Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandor. This might be a sensible way of saying to Ghanaians that, potentially, it isn’t only a portion of Administration that requires total overhaul, but the entire crew.
So tactfully, Dr. Bempah Tandoh, whose signature had not before been associated with the messed up calendars, experienced been introduced into the picture to be section of the mess. Thanks however that Cassandra Twum Ampofo has been spared the ordeal this time.
So the letter signed by Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh on Monday 26th April 2021, Ref.GES/DD-G/Q&A/20/ and titled “REOPENING AND Vacation DATES FOR SENIOR High SCHOOLS” introduced but one more modify in the 2021 educational calendar.
The letter tackled to all Regional Administrators of Education mentioned in its opening paragraph that “Management of the Ghana Instruction Service (GES) has adjusted the educational calendar and dates for Senior Substantial Colleges (SHS) for the 2021 Educational Calendar year and wishes to notify all Heads of Schools to consider note and to communicate similar to employees, learners and parents.”
The letter ended by directing Heads of double observe universities of SHS1 students to “as a matter of urgency, talk to all dad and mom about the selected tracks for their wards to empower them strategy appropriately.”
Just take take note that in my past posting, I stated how the Minister of Training introduced to the complete nation that the SHS1 learners would not be jogging double track but directed the GES to secretly produce to the Heads of University to split the college students into inexperienced and gold tracks working with their own conditions.
So the Heads of university, somewhat than the Ministry and the GES, now have the additional accountability to environmentally friendly and gold keep track of the students positioned in their schools, and tell parents.
Dr. Bempah Tandoh’s letter reaffirmed the reopening date for the SHS3 pupils each in the single and double monitor schools as 5th May well 2021. This is, nevertheless, made attainable as I had predicted, only by inquiring the SHS1 gold track college students to carry on on trip on 4th May possibly 2021 rather of their initially scheduled day of 28th May 2021.
Their colleagues in the green track will also now vacate before on 15th June 2021 as an alternative of the first day of 25th June 2021. The SHS2 Gold monitor which were being initially scheduled in the earlier revised calendar to vacate on 25th June 2021, will also now vacate earlier on 29th May well 2021.
In influence, the academic calendar that was revised on 6th April 2021 (3 months in the past) has all over again been changed for SHS2 and SHS1 college students in all the double monitor schools.
THE UNPARDONABLE CONFUSION
In what could be termed as deficiency of due diligence, the freshly revised academic calendar for the SHS2 One track educational facilities produced two confusions that defeat the imagination of academics. Lecturers have been registering their anger in opposition to the GES on several social media platforms given that yesterday.
1. TWO Independent CALENDARS FOR SHS1 Single Monitor Learners
The GES gave two individual reopening dates for SHS1 Solitary observe college students! How could this be? Under the heading “DOUBLE Monitor SCHOOLS” in Dr. Bempah Tandoh’s letter, the SHS1 One track students would go on trip on 15th June 2021, while below the heading “SINGLE Keep track of SCHOOLS” in the same letter, the same students would be vacating on 25th July, 2021.
So which is which? Is GES guaranteed it has proficient adult men and ladies in demand of organizing the educational calendar? So when are the SHS1 Single observe students reporting to school? GES demands to appear out crystal clear on this.
2. Confusing REOPENING Date FOR SHS2 Single Observe Learners
The second unpardonable confusion is the so termed “reopening date” for the SHS2 Solitary track universities. The GES gave the “reopening date” as 1st June 2021. This is an unpardonable confusion. The real truth is that all the SHS2 Single observe college students are already at this time in faculty. So how can they be reopening on 1st June 2021? The calendar ought to instead inform us when the SHS2 One observe learners are to go on vacation. It appears GES is with the faulty belief that the college students are presently at dwelling.
This was the kind of confusion that produced educational institutions in Eastern Area keep their SHS2 Solitary monitor faculties at dwelling when their colleagues in the other locations had been in school this semester.
Following my final post on 9th April 2021 that discovered this unfortunate prevalence, the Deputy Director Standard in demand of Management Services, Attorney Anthony Boateng, I was educated, summoned CHASS Japanese Location to Headquarters on Monday 12th April 2021 and directed them to remember the college students to university on Friday 16th April 2021.
Heads of College have complied and all the college students are in college in all areas. So how can the identical GES claim it is unaware that the SHS2 One observe universities are presently in faculty and is inquiring them to reopen on 1st June 2021? By this, it seems Eastern Area was appropriate after all in preserving the pupils at property due to the bewildering GES Calendar.
The concern then would be which calendar did the other regions use to get those college students in faculty although these in Jap Location had been at residence until their remember on 16th April 2021?
This unfortunate and embarrassing prevalence suggests deficiency of cohesion amid the GES Management staff.
1. What style of performing romantic relationship exists concerning the two Deputy Administrators Standard Law firm Anthony Boateng and Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh?
2. When the Eastern Area schools were directed by Lawyer Anthony Boateng on 12th April 2021 to recall the SHS2 solitary observe students to college on Friday 16th April 2021, was Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh not briefed by his colleague?
3. And when Dr. Bempah Tandoh was likely to challenge this most current letter on reopening and getaway dates, did he not confer with his colleague, Law firm Anthony Boateng on the problem?
4. Or is there a turf war between the two Deputies? If that is not the circumstance, how then can this embarrassing confusion come up in calling the pupils to report to faculty on 1st June 2021 when they are by now in university?
The Director Standard desires to investigate this uncomfortable event at the GES Headquarters with a watch to placing suitable measures in location to stop this malady as soon as and for all.
MISPLACED PRIORITIES OF THE MINISTER
In the midst of these worries, the Minister of Instruction, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum tickled himself and told us that Ghana’s SHS training is the very best managed in the globe.
How can an instruction system characterised by erratic and unpredictable tutorial calendar with long unplanned holiday intervals, unpardonable infrastructure deficit and very poor training and studying outcomes, be mentioned to be the greatest managed in the environment?
How can an education program in which intimidation and threats of removing from office environment of Heads have turn into the get of the day, persuasive them to compromise their integrity in the 2020 WASSCE, primary to substantial assessment malpractices to attain political goals, be said to be perfectly managed?
When quizzed by Evans Mensah of Joy Information, the Minister conceded that the integrity of the 2020 WASSCE was compromised but was fast to change the blame to the West African Examinations Council, fairly than the GES and its staff that organised and supervised the exams.
It is pathetic that the only prescription by the Minister to dealing with these worries was to direct that his portrait, and that of the President of the Republic be exhibited in the places of work of all Heads of school in the nation.
How do the portraits of the His Excellency the President and the Minister fix the infrastructure deficits in the faculties and the erratic double track program?
How a lot of students, Headmasters and Headteachers in Ghana don’t know that President Nana Akufo Addo is the President of the Republic?
Is the Hon. Minister’s accountability and preoccupation misdirected to searching for self aggrandisement relatively than working with the issues bedeviling his Ministry?
In just the 7 days, information broke out about leaflets in circulation in Ashanti Location telling the men and women that President John Dramani Mahama was organizing to damage the absolutely free SHS.
What a desperation by people today failing in their obligations to Ghanaians! Depart JM on your own and deal with the mess you have created at all stages of our education and learning program.
I sincerely come to feel that a nationwide Conference on Education is very long overdue to brainstorm on the long run direction of Ghana’s Schooling.