Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has tasked the National Council for Curriculum Assessment to revise the closing time for basic schools.
“School closes too early in this county…. why can’t schools close at 4pm”, he said, at the National Education Sector Review Forum in Accra Tuesday on the theme‘Strengthening accountability for results.’
He says the current closing time of 2pm for most schools is not favorable for some parents and guardians because, they are compelled to leave work to go for their children.
He said this is putting undue pressure on parents which in turn affects their productivity at work.
The Minister also revealed an estimated 362,781 students will be enrolled in the free Senior High School (SHS) programme for the 2017/2018 academic year, the Minister of Education (MoE).
He said statistics in the Ministry indicated that for the past four years, an average of 110,000 students who passed their Basic Education and were placed in SHS, fail to enrol for reasons including fees charged at the secondary level.
He explained that in this response, implementation of the free SHS policy would remove cost barriers by absorbing fees currently charged to students; adding that “This is intended to present equal opportunity to every child, access to education”.