Despite calls to reconsider the reporting date for first-year senior high students, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has reiterated that the reporting date remains Monday, December 4, 2023.

In a statement signed by the head of public relations at GES, Cassandra Twum Ampofo, GES expects schools to begin registration and orientation of students from 4th of December 2023 as indicated on the placement forms.

“Per the academic calendar, there would be Christmas break on the 21st of December 2023 and resume on the 3rd of January to continue academic work till March 5th 2024,” the statement added.

GES has therefore urged parents, students and teachers to stick to the reopening for a smooth academic year and return to the pre-COVID academic calendar.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin on Thursday, November 30, proposed that the reopening date be shifted to the first week in January to enable parents and teachers to prepare for the academic year adequately.

This was after MPs raised concerns about the challenges parents would have to overcome between Thursday and Monday to get their wards ready for school.

The Speaker subsequently directed that the minister for education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum appear before members to brief them on the reopening date and other matters.