We have uncovered reasons why schools will reopen in January 2021 as planned through the analysis done by our education desk at Edulearnweb. It is possible that many have not analyzed the cogent reasons behind such a decision.
#1 The first reason is to reduce the financial burden on parents until January 2021. Parents would have to pay tuition fees, transportation, feeding fee among others. These financial commitments would increase the burdens of the masses and may influence the decisions of parents at the December 7th elections.
2# By postponing the reopening of schools till January 2021, the annual school placement challenges which often make the government receive backlash from the public are hibernated until January 2021. There is no way it will have any impact on parents and their voting choices after election 2020. Hence the 2021 reopening is of strategic benefit to the current government.
The president of Ghana announced that schools will not resume for pre-tertiary education until January 2021. Thus KG to SHS1.
However additional analysis of the reasons for the decision will amaze you there more.
#3 Per our review, when school reopens in January, all school children may repeat the second term of the 2019/2020 academic year which was cut short by COVID-19 in March. The second term starts in January per the normal academic calendar hence the January 2021 reopening plan by the government.
The second term usually begins in January each year. Hence the government is expected to annul the second term so that learner’s from KG to JHS1, and SHS 1 can start all over. If this is done it will set into motion the 2019-2020 academic year as 2019-2021 academic year.
#4 The third term will also end in July 2021 as per the normal academic calendar of the GES. This would mean schools will have their long breaks and resume for a new academic year in September 2021. The populist expectations of the Ghanaian public that all students and pupils will be promoted to the next class may not happen in January 2021.
If new admissions would not be made for those going to primary one in January then learners will remain in the current classes but if the opposite is valid, learners would be migrated from their classes to the next one but will complete their second and third terms before being promoted officially.
After all these, the 2021-2022 academic year will set into motion and that would put the academic calendar back on track. However, SHS 2 and JHS students in the Second cycle, and basic schools are expected to commence their third terms when school reopens.
The reopening of schools in January will lead to two batches of SHS1. Those who completed JHS in 2019 and their colleagues who completed in 2020 but they would be in different terms. Using the Gold and Green track, the Gold track is expected to reopen school officially instead of the Green track. Since the form threes have completed this would create additional space for the new SHS1 batch.