The Deputy Director-General for Quality and Access of the Ghana Education Service, Dr. Kwabena Bempah-Tandoh has again reiterated that all continuing students in the basic and secondary school levels are going to be promoted automatically when schools resume for the next academic year, January 2021.
A programme monitored by Listengh.net on joy prime’s Prime Morning Show (Beyond the Headlines) hosted by Daniel Dayzie, the Deputy Director-General indicated that this stand has been endorsed by His Excellency, Nana Akufo Addo. He revealed that the next group of students to be impacted due to the outbreak of the pandemic was the SHS 2 and JHS2 because they have barely a year to write their final exams. This is the reason why only form two (2) students were allowed to resume school. He however explained that Form one students were not allowed to resume because they still have two years to complete their academic work before they write their final exams and therefore the need to join their colleague form twos’ next year.
“When schools reopen in January 2021, everybody is being promoted, even those whose academic work was truncated will be promoted”, he boldly stated. Additionally, he threw more light on this decision taken by the GES by giving a gist of breakdown as follows; the education service(GES) with the inclusion of private schools absorb almost 6,000 new students every year and therefore to let these students mark time and wait will be disastrous as nobody knows when this pandemic is leaving us.
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“Everyone will be promoted but they will continue from where they stopped to help complete the curriculum. This will not leave a gap because we can decide to let the West African Examination Council (WAEC) conduct the internal exams for students. We are running our education system and we can work in such a way that gaps which are created because of this pandemic are filled before our students move on to the next level”, the deputy director-general added.
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