Public basic schools in Ghana have resumed a new academic year from Tuesday, January 18, 2022 which will be observed as a semester.
DEPSOCOM Accra paid a visit to two of the catholic schools in the Accra Archdiocese to enquire how the first few days of reopening has been observed.
At St. Paul R/C Basic School, Kpehe, Rev. Fr. Isaac G Amoateng, Assisting Priest of St. Paul Catholic Church is currently the interim teacher for basic 2 since last year January after their teacher left and there has since been no replacement.
Fr. Isaac said reopening day at their school has been encouraging and almost every student has reported back to school.
After putting their challenges before the appropriate authorities, he said they have been assured of bringing in new teachers this year to ease their problems.
He said some of the teachers have not yet resumed due to the adjustment of the new curriculum for basic schools making 3 of the classrooms vacant and that is one of the challenges being faced by the school.
He again pleaded with the higher authorities to ensure that those who have been posted to their school report to enable teaching and learning take effect smoothly.
The situation at St. Kizito R/C Basic School, Nima was quite different, class was in full session and all the teachers were in attendance.
Speaking to the headmistress of the School, Madam Victoria Hammond she said school activities began on reopening day and majority of the students had reported to school as expected. The only problem they had with the reopening day was with admission of new pupils which was not possible due to non-vacancy.
Another challenge the school is facing is poor infrastructure such as furniture and expanding of classroom to accommodate more pupils to ease the admission process as well.
Most of the children expressed joy to be back to school after the long vacation to see their friends and to also continue with their learning. They hoped for a better academic year to be able to come out with flying colors to pursue their future careers.
Source: ESD/DEPSOCOM Accra.