First-year SHS students to reopen on Monday, December 4 – Education Ministry


The Ministry of Education has reiterated that the reopening date for first-year Senior High School students remains Monday, December 4, 2023.

This schedule is applicable to both the single and double-track systems and aligns with the academic calendar released by the Ghana Education Service (GES) for the 2023/2024 academic year.

Some parents and guardians have expressed dissatisfaction with the limited time for preparation and have called on the GES to reconsider a more suitable date for the new entrants.

Despite concerns raised about the short notice following the release of school placements, the Ministry emphasizes that the academic calendar was made available several weeks prior, offering ample time for parents to make necessary preparations.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the Ministry’s spokesperson, has assured that students unable to report on the first day will not automatically lose their slots. This provides flexibility for a delayed arrival within the subsequent days or week. Kwarteng stated, “Resumption date for students within the SHS space remains Monday, December 4, 2023.

The expectation is that students report on the first day. But let me also hasten to add that the first-year students who are unable to report on the first day will not automatically lose their slots.”

“Students can report the following day or even the following week, as we have always witnessed.

If you look at the academic calendar, it had already been within the public space for some time now, and the expectation was that parents, guardians, and even students prepared ahead of time,” he explained.

However, Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has urged the Ministry to reconsider the date and shift it to the first week of January 2024.


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