Education Ministry retracts semester-based academic calendar

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operating in the education sector have urged the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, and his Deputy, Rev. Ntim Fordjour, to reduce the talks and initiate more action to show their competence on the job.

The Ministry of Education (MoE), has withdrawn its proposed semester-based academic calendar for basic schools in the country due to the fierce resistance from stakeholders in the education sector.

It may be recalled that the Ministerial Committee on School Calendar issued a statement last week to announce that the current academic year for basic schools will be based on a semester system instead of the usual trimester, a situation that generated so much controversy leading to this turnaround decision by the Ministry.

The MoE in a statement indicated that upon further consultation with stakeholders in the educational sector, it has resolved to backtrack on its earlier decision.

“The Ministry of Education has received representation from a section of the public and key educational stakeholders to reinstate the trimester system. After further consultation on the issue, the Honourable Minister for Education has directed that the calendar for Kindergarten to Junior High School for the current academic year should revert to the Trimester system,” the statement said.

The Ministry has consequently announced new dates for the various school terms kindergarten to junior high school. The first term starts on January 18 to 14th April, 2022, while the second term commences 10th May and ends on 18th August, 2022.

The third term then starts 13th September to 22nd December, 2022.

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