Authorities of the University of Ghana Basic School have disclosed their decision to postpone the vacation date for Junior High School (JHS) students to June 24, 2021.
This, according to the assistant head of the Institution’s JHS, Mrs. Christiana Armah is to enable teachers to make up for the lost period during the semester of the 2020/2021 academic year.
Per the academic calendar released by the Ghana Education Service, all public and private Junior High Schools in the country are supposed to embark on a one-month vacation beginning today, June 11, 2021.
Speaking on our morning show Campus Exclusive, Mrs. Armah noted, however, that the school has resolved not to abide by the directive for the interest of students.
“Contact hours are very important and the slated calendar the GES cannot be changed. What we had to do in order not to lose contact hours was to add two more weeks to our calendar in order to make up for the three weeks we lost,” she stated
She further maintained that this adjustment will not affect the existing academic calendar.
This decision by the school’s authorities implies a one-week vacation period for all University of Ghana Junior High School Students.
“Our intention is to add one more week to next academic year, I mean next term for the primary school and next semester for the Junior High School. So for this particular semester for the Junior High School, we added two more weeks in order not to lose contact hours and again teacher time on task,” Mrs. Armah disclosed.
Assistant Head of the Institution’s JHS, Mrs. Christiana Armah added that the strike of the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana has “really affected them“.
“Most of our teachers I would say are all members of the Senior Staff Association and therefore they were on strike. We had to stay home because it came to us impromptu and it really affected the school,” she said.
Members of the Association are expected to resume work effective Monday, June 14, 2021, as Chairman of the National Executive Committee, Zakaria Mohammed announced that they have called off their industrial action.