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GES readies to revise academic timetable over COVID-19 outbreak

The Ghana Education Service has assured parents and students that it will revise the academic timetable following the disruption of academic work in the wake of the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.

The education sector has been severely impacted by the outbreak as all schools have closed down and students sent home. Globally, over one billion students are home due to the outbreak.

Major exams like the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the  Basic Education Certificate have also been suspended as a result.

But the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa said a team had been assigned to ensure that learning activities are conducted through virtual platforms with a new timetable for an uninterrupted learning process.

He also added that the education service is looking into various options for a revised timetable which will be based on the time schools will be cleared to reopen.

Until last week, final year SHS and JHS students were still going to school, although their juniors were directed to go home.

The government was of the view that these two groups of people were to be kept in school as they prepare to write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

But following concerns raised by teacher unions over the continuous stay of the students in the school and the suspension of the 2020 edition of the WASSCE by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the Ghana Education Service directed that their classes should be on hold.

Source:Fiilafmonline/CitiNews

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