The annual vacation classes organised during the long vacation period have begun in some first and second-cycle institutions across the country.
The classes, which enable students to cover some aspects of their syllabi, also create the opportunity for students from the various schools to fraternise.
Emmanuel Bonney in the Accra Metropolis reports that most students showed up decently dressed.
At the basic school level, some public schools directed the pupils to wear school unforms and ceremonial dresses for easy identification to ensure that they comported themselves very well but the situation was different at the senior high school level as students put on different attire for classes.
This came to light when the Junior Graphic visited some centres in the Accra Metropolis to observe the patronage of the classes by students.
The centres visited included the St Thomas Aquinas SHS at Cantonments; Accra Academy at Kaneshie; St Mary’s Senior High School at Korle Gonno and the Boundary Road JHS and Primary School, all in Accra. Attendance was high at all these centres.
At the St Aquinas SHS, each student was to pay GH¢200 for the period while Accra Academy students paid GH¢140.
Some of the students participating in the exercise told the Junior Graphic in
separate interviews that vacation classes were very useful since it kept them busy and engaged.
Master Nana Boakye Asare of the St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast said he and his mates were excited to be part of the vacation classes because it paved the way for them to gain a better understanding of what they had been taught in school.
Master Desmond Kofi Boamah from the Akosombo International School said the vacation classes offered students the opportunity to cover most of the syllabus, and added that “these classes would go a long way to benefit us”.
Miss Yvonne Allotey of the Mfantsiman Girls’ SHS in Saltpond, Miss Fua Alhassan of St. Louis SHS in Kumasi and Miss Sophia Appiah of Archbishop Porters Girls’ SHS, Takoradi, said idling at home was not the best as one could be tempted to engage in unproductive activities.
At the Awudome JHS, Form Two and Three pupils were in the school’s ceremonial attire, while those who would be promoted to Form One wore white shirts over khaki shorts or trousers.
The Organiser of the classes, Mr Samuel Quao, said the school authorities expected the students to comport themselves during the period.
From Koforidua in the Eastern Region, George Folley reports that students attending vacation classes in the municipality were in very trendy clothes and were often seen fidgeting with their smartphones, either making a call or browsing.
At the Pope John’s Senior High School, the classes had been organised for the Form Two students, while at the Biney School, a group of teachers had come together to organise the classes for Form One and Two students from various schools across the country.
The administrator of the classes at the Biney School, Mr Richard Atakora, said enrolment had been encouraging and was happy that the students had been comporting themselves.
The fees charged for the five weeks programme is GH¢80 for all the subjects with the exception of Agriculture Science and Technical Drawing.
Miss Hillary Ama Manu of the Benkum SHS at Larteh in the Eastern Region was happy to be attending the classes and said it would enable her improve on her academic work.
According to her, although her school had many teachers, staying at home would be boring, hence her decision to enrol for the classes.
Master Yahaya Fawuzan of the Presbyterian Boys’ SHS (PRESEC), Legon, Accra, said the classes were beneficial since they complemented what he would be studying when school reopened.
From Takoradi in the Western Region, Andrews Tetteh reports that the highly patronised classes had an 80 per cent attendance rate in most of the schools the Junior Graphic visited.
Almost all the school authorities who granted interviews to the Junior Graphic said the purpose of the vacation classes was to help the schoolchildren cover more topics in the syllabus than the usual school timetable would allow.
At the Bompeh Senior High School in Takoradi, the Chairman of the Vacation Classes Organising Committee, Mr Emmanuel Ackah-Mensah, said the period for normal classes was not enough that was why such classes were organised, adding, “For instance, the final-year students have not been able to cover even a third of their syllabus. The time is too short.”
The school is charging GH¢45 for all the eight subjects being taught during the one-and-half month period.
The female students have been asked to dress decently, preferably in decent skirts and blouses, while all male students were asked to wear trousers and shirts.
The classes which are held from Monday to Friday, start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. during which period four different subjects are taught.