The Government has set Tuesday, September 10, 2019 as the reopen date for all basic schools, marking the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year.
The day will be marked with the celebration of “My First Day at School”, to welcome children entering the school system for the first time. The Ghana Education Service (GES) officials from the headquarters, regional, metro, municipal, and district education offices will visit various schools across the country and interact with the new students and their parents.
The Director-General of the GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, announced this when he rolled out the 2019/2020 academic year at Aburi in the Eastern Region, speaking on the first day at school, he said the 2019/2020 academic year will be given some items such as stationery and confectionaries.
As part of activities marking the day, Prof. Opoku-Amankwa announced that 30 districts had been selected to roll out the right age enrolment campaign. The campaign, he explained, would be promoted using television, radio commercials, jingles, billboards, fliers, banners and posters.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa explained that the selected districts had high incidence of over/under age pupil’s in schools, low enrolment and high school drop outs, adding that eight out of the 30 districts would have high dignitaries’ participating in the exercise, and they are,the Minister of Education, Deputy Minister of Education (General Education), the Director-General of the GES, Deputy Directors-General, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu and the Minority Leader of Parliament Mr. Haruna Iddrisu.
He announced that another activity on the first day at school would include a health screening exercise of all children entering KG One, being organized by the GES with support from the government and UNICEF.
“The health screening should help in early detection of any child with issues for proper referral for diagnosis and treatment “We encourage all parents, guardians and community leaders to ensure that all children at four years are enrolled in KG One on that day,” Prof. Opoku-Amankwa appealed.
By; Maame Esi Nkebel|Sokynewsgh.com|Ghana