GES releases 2023 academic year calendar for public schools
The Management of Ghana Education Service (GES) has released the 2023 academic calendar for all public schools.
This covers senior high secondary and technical schools, junior high schools, primary schools and kindergarten.
A statement signed by Deputy Director General, Dr Kwabena Bempah Tandoh, asked various heads of schools to take note of the provisions in the calendar.
“Regional Directors are by this letter directed to ensure that Heads of Schools for Basic and Second Cycle Schools in their respective regions take note of the provisions in the calendar and comply accordingly to facilitate a smooth running of the academic year.”
The statement said this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination would start in September 2023.
Meanwhile, all kindergarten, primary and Junior High schools (JHS) were to operate a trimester academic calendar with the first term commencing on January 10, 2023 to March 24, 2023 and vacation on March 25, 2023 to April 2, 2023.
The second term would start from April 3, 2023 to June 15, 2023 and break from June 16, 2023 to June 26, 2023; with the third term starting from June 27, 2023 to September 14, 2023.
The statement said the 2023 Transitional Academic Calendar for Double Track Senior High Schools (SHS) for Form Threes commenced from January 10, 2023 to April 5, 2023 for first term.
It would also break from April 06, 2023 to April 16, 2023, with the second term starting from April 17, 2023 to June 1.
It would break from June 2, 2023 to June 8, 2023, and the third term from June 9, 2023 to September 15, 2023.
For Form Twos in the same category, their first term would commence from January 10, 2023 to February 17, 2023 with a break from February 18, 2023 to April 10, 2023; while, the second term would start from April 11, 2023 to June 1, 2023 with a break from June 2, 2023 to August 11, 2023 and resume for third term from August 14, 2023 to November 30, 2023.
Also, the Form Ones in the same category would have their first term from February 20, 2023 to April 13, 2023, and break from April 14, 2023 to June 8, 2023.
The second term would start from June 9, 2023, to August 10, 2023, with a break from August 11, 2023 to September 17, 2023. Third term would start from September 18, 2023, to November 30, 2023.
According to the statement the single track academic calendar for Senior High Schools would have Form Threes commencing the first term from January 10, 2023 to April 5, 2023, with a break from April 6, 2023 to April 16, 2023; second term from April 17, 2023, to June 1, 2023, with a break from June 2, 2023 to June 8, 2023, and third term from June 9, 2023 to September 15, 2023.
The Form Twos of the same category would have their first term from January 10, 2023 to April 5, 2023, with a break from April 6, 2023 to April 16, 2023, and second term starting from August 17, 2023 to August 25, 2023.
However, the Form Ones would also run two terms just as the Form Twos, with the first term starting from February 20, 2023 to April 5, 2023, with a break from April 6, 2023 to April 16, 2023, and the second term starting from April 17, 2023 to September 15, 2023.
Six Ga paramount chiefs introduced to GARHC
Six divisional chiefs whose stools have been elevated to paramountcies were yesterday introduced to the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs (GARHC) in Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region.
They are Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi-Bonte II; Sempe Mantse, Nii Adote Otintor II; Otubluhum Mantse, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II; Asere Tsono Mantse, Nii Quao Donkor II; Abola Mantse, Nii Ahele Nunoo III and Akumadjen Mantse, Nii Ayikai III.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice President of the GARHC, King Odaifio Wulentse III, said that the GARHC, as part of its efforts to foster unity in the Greater Accra Traditional Area, would ensure that existing pockets of violence in some areas would cease.
He revealed that “the GARHC will put in place guidelines, very soon, for appointing or choosing acting presidents of a traditional council in the event of the Paramount chief’s demise.”
King Odaifio Wulentse III hinted of the GARHC decision to partner the government to bring development to the various communities, in the areas of education, health, resolution of disputes including chieftaincy disputes in the region.
He further called on all feuding factions in chieftaincy disputes to exercise restraint and use the lawful means to seek redress, instead of resorting to violence and other unlawful means, saying that “the House is resolved to discharge its duty of expeditiously settling the chieftaincy disputes.”
He added that the membership of the six stools, although recognized by the GARHC, the amendment of the legislative Instrument 2409 would provide legal backing for their induction.
“When the amendment is done and they become members, they would then be inducted and or admitted into the House as members to take their respective seats in the House,” he explained.
The Administrator, Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands (OASL), Maame Ama Edumadze-Acqua, stated that her outfit would collaborate with relevant public agencies and traditional authorities to prepare a policy framework for the rational and productive development and management of stool lands.
The administrator appealed to the GARHC to properly educate their tenants who had acquired stool lands from them to proceed to the OASL offices to pay their rents before handing over relevant documents to them.
She further urged the GARHC to inform the OASL when the property ownership changed, saying that “this was very important to our operations and serves as the first point of data collection for revenue mobilisation.”