Ghana’s 2023/2024 Academic Year to Start October 3, 2023

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has unveiled the kick-off date for the 2023/2024 school year, making the announcement before the third-term break for the 2022/2023 academic session.

School Year Commencement Details

GES has marked October 3, 2023, as the inaugural day for the new academic year for both primary and junior high schools. The information was disseminated through an official notice on the service’s Facebook page.

While the full academic schedule for the year remains undisclosed, the GES has yet to reveal the calendar for Senior High Schools.


Earlier this year, the service declared its intention to revert pre-tertiary institutions to a standard September-start academic calendar.

Why the Early Announcement Matters

The advance disclosure of the academic timetable serves multiple purposes. It enables parents and students to strategize, particularly crucial for families with children in various schools or those who must travel across the country for educational reasons. It also provides a window for parents to budget for tuition and other costs.

Moreover, schools gain time to organize for the forthcoming academic year, including procurement of educational materials, staff recruitment, and facility upkeep.

For educators, the early release offers an opportunity to craft lesson plans, especially beneficial for those new to the profession.

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