SHS academic calendar will be restored to pre-Covid period by 2024 – GES announces

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced that the academic calendar for Senior High Schools will revert in 2024 for final-year students to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in May, reports Ghanafeed.

This follows a change in the date for the writing of the exams from May to August. According to the report, this year’s exams will begin from August 1 to September 27, 2022, across the country.

The change occurred in the first place when Covid was at its peak. The Director-General of GES informed Citi News in an interview the new change will see Ghanaian students joining their couterpars from the sub region to write in 2024 at the same time.

Ghanaian candidates are the only ones left to write the West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), scheduled from August 1 to September 27, 2022.

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This is because the other four-member countries of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) — Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia — have returned to the May/June calendar and had administered the WASSCE for their school candidates from May 9 to June 24, this year.

The four countries have had their academic calendars streamlined to enable them to write the examination in May/June, as Ghana sticks to the ‘new normal’ calendar occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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