Some Form 3 senior high school (SHS) students are stranded as the Ghana Education Service (GES) has considered a proposal from the Conference of Heads Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) to postpone re-opening.
The final year students were supposed to report to school on Tuesday, April 6 after the Easter break.
“It is true that [the current Form 3s] were to have reported today[Tuesday, April 6, 2021] but as a result of the challenges that we anticipated and drew the attention of the management of the GES, they have come to agree with us and have now set a new date for the reopening of Form 3s,” the National President of CHASS, Alhaji Yakubu Abubakar, told TV3‘s Ibrahim Abubakar in an interview on Tuesday, April 6.
The GES has agreed to Wednesday, May 5 as the new date for reopening for all tracks of Form 3 students.
According to the CHASS President, the challenges had to do with more students being in school which would have caused congestion.
“We are talking about challenges of congestion in our classrooms and dormitories. It is true that through the government’s intervention of the emergency projects, we have had classrooms and dormitories provided us by the government but the furniture and the beds that we need in those facilities have not been provided yet in many schools.
“So, we drew management’s attention that though these structures are there, we need these things for them to be functional and, as a result, if you allow all the students to come, they will come and share the little that are there and it will not augur well for us especially in this period of Covid-19.”
He added that as a result of the situation, they suggested that one batch of students – either Form 1s or Form 2s or Form 3s – should delay their reopening.
The GES decided that the Form 3s rather delay.
Already, some students have made long journeys to school and are stranded.