The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is appealing to government for an extension of the reopening date for Senior High Schools (SHSs) for first-years.
General Secretary of GNAT, David Ofori Akyeampong says the government should consider a postponement proposal to give students and parents more time to prepare adequately.
Explaining that the duration between the release of the results and school reopening is too short.
He also noted that internet infrastructure in Ghana has been poor and not able to contain the pressure being exerted on when thousands of JHS leavers check their placement online.
“We should have over the years developed the internet infrastructure to make internet accessibility very easy and since we faced the same problems the previous year in accessing the placement on the internet, we should have envisaged these problems and push the reopening a bit forward instead of reopening all on the 11th of this month”, the GNAT Secretary indicated speaking on Adom FM’s Current Affairs show, Burning Issues Wednesday.
Mr. Akyeampong says the reopening extension would make things flexible for people in remote areas of the country to come to the urban centres to access their results.
Meanwhile, Vice Chair of Parliament’s Select Committee on Education, Johnson Kwaku Adu, speaking on the same show, supported GNAT’s call for an extension of the reopening date.
He has however urged parents not to panic with the system because measures are in place to resolve the challenges confronting the system.
He says the late release of the results is what has resulted in the rush but has assured parents that Parliament will closely monitor the entire process to ensure it goes ahead smoothly.
“Since the process begun, we have been monitoring things to report our observations to the minister for them to know how the system is moving,” he said.