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Dam Spillage: Ministry of Education to Restructure Academic Calendar to suit affected Students – GNAT

Dam Spillage: Ministry of Education to Restructure Academic Calendar to suit affected Students - GNAT

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has called upon the Ministry of Education (MoE) to promptly initiate discussions with relevant stakeholders to reconfigure the academic calendar in order to accommodate students affected by the Akosombo Dam spillage.

According to the association, the spillage in both the Volta and Oti regions has led to the displacement of over 300 teachers and numerous students, casting a shadow of uncertainty over their educational prospects.

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During a visit to the Mepe community in the Volta Region, Reverend Isaac Owusu, the National President of GNAT, emphasized the urgency of engaging in immediate deliberations to formulate a comprehensive plan that would offer support to both teachers and students.

“Fortuitously, we have received word that the Minister of Education and the Director General are currently in the vicinity. Consequently, we will not need to report this issue to them, as they have already witnessed the situation. I am confident that, upon their return to Accra, they will convene a meeting with the key stakeholders, GNAT included, to discuss the most effective means of restructuring the academic calendar, specifically for the people in this affected area.

This is essential because they cannot be integrated into the regular school routine, as it would constitute an educational emergency.”

“…So, now that the Minister of Education and the Director General of the Ghana Education Service are present, we anticipate that they will take decisive action rather than maintaining the status quo. We have faith that they will devise a roadmap to ensure that we do not leave the affected individuals behind,” he declared.

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