The Education Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, has hinted of the possible introduction of a one-year special national service for Senior High School (SHS) graduates. The decision, if implemented, is to cater for the disruption in the academic calendar of Senior High Schools in the country.
This was made known in an interview on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana show on Tuesday. The minister explained that, similar decisions were taken by governments during the O and A levels period whenever there was an interruption in their academic calendar. This was made known with the following statement:
”During the O-A Level periods, anytime there was an ‘Aluta’ that disrupted the academic calendar, the government introduced National Service to cater for the disruption. And the government is keenly looking at that option should it become necessary. The Ministry is so far relying on E-Learning platforms to keep the schools running,”
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This comes after the suspension of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) due to the threat posed by COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the cancellation of WASSCE, the Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh admitted that although the decision was unwelcoming and worrying, it provides the opportunity for a closer assessment of the exam to ensure that students return to face a fair test.
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