On February 20, 2023, all qualified Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates who have been placed in senior high schools (SHS) and technical and vocational institutions are expected to report to school.
This is part of the academic year’s timetable provided by the Ghana Education Service (GES) for all SHS and basic schools.
The timetable is released ahead of the Computerised Schools Selection and Placement System’s release of placements (CSSPS).
The SHS timetable is divided into two sections: one for schools using the double-track system and one for schools using a single stream.
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The first section of the first semester is slated to end on April 13 under the double-track system, therefore new students are required to report to class on February 20 and remain there until then.
However, students must report back to class on June 9, 2023, and stay there through August 10, when they will enjoy a second break.
After the students have finished the first year’s second semester, the last lap of the first year begins on September 18 and ends on November 30, 2023.
The schedule is a little bit different for new students who are running the single track at their schools.
For instance, although reporting on the same day as their peers in the double-track institutions, they will take a break on April 5, resume on April 17, and remain until their academic year ends on September 15.
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In the meanwhile, Form Two students enrolled in the double-track system will leave for home on February 18 and return to class on April 11 until another vacation begins on June 1, 2023.
From August 14 to November 30, when their academic year ends, they are expected to be back in class.
Their single track peers, who started school on the same day as them, January 10, will go home on April 6, return on April 17, and stay until the conclusion of the academic year for them on August 25, 2023.
The final-year students who started classes on January 10 in both the double track and the single stream will have an 11-day break from April 6 to 16 before returning to class on April 17 until June 1 for yet another seven-day break. They will then return to class on June 9 until the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is finished on September 15, 2023.
For the double-track schools, the “transitional” academic calendar has been planned so that there are always two cohorts of students enrolled in classes.
Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh, the Deputy Director-General of the GES responsible for Quality and Access, provided an explanation, stating that the timetable was created to guarantee that “all students will finish a minimum of 3,134 hours, averaging 1,134 hours each year” over the years.
The first term for kindergarten, primary, and junior high schools (JHSs) runs from January 10 to March 24, while the second term runs from April 3 to June 15.
The third term runs from June 27 to September 14, 2023, while the third term for JHS Three students runs from June 27 to the end of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which will be written in September this year.
In a letter addressed to all regional directors of education, Dr. Tandoh requested that they make sure that all heads of basic and secondary schools in their areas were aware of the calendar and adhered with it in order to maintain the smooth operation of the academic year.
All staff members were wished a prosperous and successful 2023 in the letter, which was titled, “2023 Academic calendar for all Ghana Education Service schools.”