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Schools Closing time to be extended – Education Minister hints

The National Council for Curriculum Assessment has decided to revise the closing time for the basic schools.

The decision came after the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh tasked them to consider the time of closing.

 “School closes too early in this country…. why can’t schools close at 4pm”, he said, at the National Education Sector Review Forum in Accra Tuesday on the theme ‘Strengthening accountability for results.’

He opines the current closing time of 2pm for most schools is unfavorable for some parents and guardians because, they are constrained to leave work to go for their children.

“This is putting undue pressure on parents which in turn affects their productivity at work,” he added

The Minister of Education (MoE) also revealed an estimated 362,781 students will be enrolled in the free Senior High School (SHS) programme for the 2017/2018 academic year.

He said, statistics in the Ministry indicated that for the past four years, an average of 110,000 students who passed their Basic Education and were placed in SHS fail to enrol for reasons including fees charged at the secondary level.

He explicated that in this response, implementation of the free SHS policy would remove cost barriers by absorbing fees currently charged to students; adding that “This is intended to present equal opportunity to every child, access to education”.

Free SHS further confronts inequity in secondary education by reserving 30 per cent of places in the top 82 SHS to students from public basic schools, Dr. Opoku Prempeh stated.

He noted that currently, top schools with good performance in the West Africa Senior School Certificate (WASSCE) tend to be filled by students from private basic schools with good performance relative to public basic schools.

 

Last modified on Monday, 21 May 2018
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