The Ministry of Education has declared that there will be no enrollment for 11th grade students in the country, except for extreme reasons of migration due to certain circumstances from one county to another.
According to the ministry, there must be sufficient documents to prove that such person is capable to sit in the 11th grade. The ministry also warned school authorities against accepting students promoted to the 11th grade as new students. “Because we want every school-going child to follow his or her respective class step-by-step to avoid bad practice,” said Assistant Education Minister for Basic and Secondary Education Felicia Sackey Doe Sumah.
Addressing reporters yesterday, September 24, 2015 at the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill during its regular press briefing, the Assistant Minister Sumah intimated that 11 graders are not to be enrolled in any new school for continuity, warning that secondary schools students must remain at the same school until completion. She noted that the Ministry of Education will fully be involved with matters related to transfer students.
The Assistant Minister also added that school administrators will be penalized and fines imposed and paid into government revenue for allowing students out of classes before the prescribed dismissal time.
Sumah said the Ministry of Education does not encourage lateness, however, saying students who are late should be allowed to enter school and made not to hang around their various school gates or premises until the end of the first period.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Minister pointed out that every school administrator must have a periodic engagement with parents, guardians and community members, with the objective of discussing students’ academic and moral conduct at the end of each marking period. According to her, the minimum teaching load for a full time teacher is five hours daily, and five days a week. She re-emphasized that public school teachers are full time teachers, and must therefore work full time.
By Lewis S. Teh – Edited by George Barpeen