The Ministry of Education has announced that First-Year Senior High School students are expected to begin classes on Monday, December 4, 2023. This schedule applies to students on both the single and double-track systems, aligning with the academic calendar released by the Ghana Education Service (GES) for the 2023/2024 session.

Although there have been concerns raised about the short notice coinciding with the release of school placements, the Ministry clarified that the academic calendar was disseminated several weeks earlier. Kwasi Kwarteng, the Ministry's spokesperson, explained that this timeline was provided for parents to make necessary preparations before the reopening.

Kwarteng emphasized, “The resumption date for students within the SHS space remains Monday, December 4, 2023. The expectation is for students to report on the first day. However, first-year students who are unable to report on the specified day will not automatically forfeit their slots."

He further explained, "Students can report the following day or even the subsequent week, as we have observed previously. The academic calendar has been in the public domain for some time, and the expectation was for parents, guardians, and students to prepare well in advance.”

Meanwhile, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has urged the Ministry of Education to reconsider the directive for fresh students to resume on December 4. Responding to concerns raised by the minority side regarding the limited preparation time for parents and students, Bagbin urged Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum to consider reopening schools in the first week of January 2024.

“The house calls on and urges the Minister of Education to reconsider the directive for students and authorities, including teaching and non-teaching staff, to commence academic work on Monday, December 4, 2023."

He continued, “The house proposes the first week of January 2024 for the resumption of academic work in these schools. The Minister of Education is directed to report and brief the house on Monday, December 4.”

Bagbin assured parents and students that efforts were underway to address the issue, urging everyone to remain calm. The Parliament also called upon students, parents, teachers, and staff to maintain composure while the matter is being resolved.