Parliament has called on the Ministry of Education (MoE) to postpone the reporting date for first-year second-cycle school students who sat for the 2023 edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban S. K. Bagbin, has proposed that the reopening date be shifted to the first week of January next academic year to allow both parents and teachers to prepare adequately for academic activities.
He consequently has invited the Minister in Charge of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, to appear before Parliament on Monday, December 4, 2023 to brief the House on the first-year second-cycle school reopening date and other matters.
The Speaker of Parliament proposal comes after teacher unions asked the management of the Ghana Education Service to extend the reporting date from December 4, 2023 to allow parents to prepare adequately for their ward prospectus.
In line with the Speaker, the Member of Parliament for Akatsi North and Ranking Member on Education, Peter Kwasi Nortsu-Kotoe, has condemned the Ghana Education Service’s apparent rush to allow the students to go to school on Monday.
The Members of Parliament, all from the minority side expressed concern on the challenges that parents would have to go through between Thursday and Sunday to get their children ready to go to school on Monday.
They said it was incomprehensible for school placement to release just two days ago and rush students to report on Monday. The MPs said they have received calls from constituents for support and even to effect changes in their placement.
Former Education Minister and Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, on his part was emphatic that he has received calls from teachers expressing fatigue and asked that some time be given them to rest.