Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Ghana’s Education Minister, has announced the government’s possible decision to introduce a one-year special national service for senior high school graduates.
According to the minister, this initiative will be introduced to make up for the long interruption in the academic calendar due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
In an interview on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana, Dr. Opoku Prempeh said this not new as it used to be the norm during the era of the O and A-Levels.
During the O-A Level periods, anytime there was an ‘Aluta’ that disrupted the academic calendar, the government introduced National Service to cater for the disruption. And the government is keenly looking at that option should it become necessary. The Ministry is so far relying on E-Learning platforms to keep the schools running, he said.
The Coronavirus has forced all schools across the globe to fold. According to statistics, about 90 percent of students worldwide are out of school.
This is the biggest educational distraction to happen in years as the West African Examination Council has also suspended the final examinations until further notice due to the virus.
Speaking on the cancellation of WASSCE, the Minister admitted that although the decision was unwelcoming and worrying, it provides the opportunity for a closer assessment of the exam to ensure that students return to face a fair test.
Source: Mickinet Systems