Some parents and guardians of first-year senior high school students, who accompanied their wards to school on their first day within the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly of the Ashanti Region, have expressed mixed reactions regarding the reopening date.
While some parents lament that the reopening date is too sudden and has left them in a financially constrained position, others say they are comfortable as they started preparations towards reopening as soon as their wards finished writing the BECE.
Following the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) announcement of December 4th as the reopening date for first-year students, parents and various stakeholders called for an extension of the date, but the GES insisted on the announced date.
Citi News checks at some senior high schools within Kumasi show that parents and their wards have thronged their respective schools and are going through the registration processes.
At T.I Ahmadiyya Senior Secondary School, for instance, some parents who spoke to Citi News expressed their frustration about the December 4th date, stating that the suddenness has left them financially challenged. Others were, however, satisfied with the arrangement.
“My ward had T.I. Ahmadiyya Kumasi. The processes are taking much of our time, and I just hope to finish with it. Financially, I don’t think it has affected me because I have gotten everything my daughter needs.”
The dissatisfied parents are thus appealing to the government and the Education Ministry to consider extending the date to after the Christmas holidays. “We are pleading with the government to help us, but the period is short, and I was thinking schools would resume after Christmas.”
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