Friday, 23 February

Bagbin hauls Adutwum to parliament over too-near SHS1 reopening date

Speaker of Ghana's Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin

Parliament, through a statement from the Parliamentary Service, has proposed that “due to the short notice with its attendant inconvenience to students, parents, teaching and non-teaching staff," Education Minister Yaw Adutwum should consider postponing the date of reopening for first-year senior high school (SHS) students, from 4 December 2023 to "the first week of January 2024, as a more convenient and appropriate time for parents, students and teachers to adequately prepare for academic work.”

Several teacher unions, as well as parent-teacher associations, had earlier made a similar call.

Despite the avalanche of opposition, the Ministry of Education remains adamant.

However, the 1 December 2023 statement of the Parliamentary Service, said: “In view of the urgency of this matter and various concerns raised by Members of Parliament and other stakeholders", Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin "has directed the Minister of Education to appear before the House and brief Members on Monday, December 4, 2023, at 12:30PM".