GES apologises for not communicating new reopening date to parents



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The Ghana Education Service(GES) has apologised for not communicating new date of reopening to parents earlier than expected.

Ordinarily, the form 3 students were to have reported to school on Tuesday, 6th April and be in school until 28th May 2021.

They were then to have gone on vacation from 28th May to 29th June 2021.

But the GES later came out with a communique on the supposed re-opening day that it had postponed the re-opening date to 5th May, 2021. This infuriated some parents who accused the GES of disrespecting them.

But speaking with Ekourba Gyasi Simpremu on Atinka TV’s morning show, Ghana Nie, the Head of Public Relations Unit at GES, Cassandra Twum Ampofo expressed the GES’s sincere apology to parents, saying that the incident will never happen again.

“We know that some went to the school yesterday and will return home today and it is not a pleasant situation, so we apologise and we ask parents to forgive us,” she said.

She explained that the GES shifted the one month break forward so that when the students return to school, they will not go back home until they write their final examination in October 2021.

When asked what informed the decision, she said it was not the right time to explain into details, assuring parents that when the students go back, they will make up for all the learning lost.

Ms Cassandra also assured that on the 5th May, nothing will stop the schools from opening, saying that the GES is working on the final timetable to suit the time the students have before their final examination.

She said all form one and form two students are on campus, adding that the form three students staying home for about a month more will also help the school in reducing the number of students on campus in order to observe social distancing.

Ghana| Atinkaonline.com| Porcia Oforiwaa Ofori