Deputy Director General, GES, Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh

The Deputy Director General of the Ghana Education Service says that if final year students in JHS, SHS and universities, the country would have had a learning crisis as well as a backlog of students to take care of.

While some other African countries such as Kenya have taken a decision to keep students out of school till 2021, schools have been reopened in Ghana for final year students. 

Parents are concerned about this because COVID-19 still looms.

Speaking on the Super Morning Show last Wednesday, Dr Kwabena Bempah Tandoh explained that JHS3, SHS3 and final year university students had to return because the GES has to continue progression throughout the education system.

“Every year, the GES or the education sector, takes in about 5-600,000 new students into kindergarten that requires continuity or movement of classes,” he said.

“So we have to look at what will happen if students stay home for two years, three years; there will be a backlog of about 1.2 million, 1.8 million.”

Dr Tandoh added that since these categories of students had a few weeks left to finish the GES took a decision in favour of students completing their education levels once and for all.

He explained further if schools were to stay closed for an extended period of time, getting the students back on track after even one year of declined learning would be a challenging task.

Dr Tandoh reassured parents that measures and interventions were being put in place to ensure that students on campus adhere to protocols set out by the government to prevent spread of the virus.