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Education Ministry Releases 2016/2017 Academic Calendar
By Jeraldine M. Gbaa
MONROVIA, August 10 (LINA) - The Ministry of Education (MOE) has released its 2016/2017 academic calendar which is expected to run from September 5, 2016 to July 20, 2017.
The ministry stressed that placement tests should not be pre-requisite for children’s admission to Grade One, noting that this policy is to be respected by all public, private and mission or faith- based schools in the country.
MOE stressed that placement test should not impede a child’s admission to Grade One, noting that its new policy is meant for all schools - public, private, and mission or faith-based.
The MOE has also said that students completing the ninth grade in a senior high school must not be given new admission in another school, and only students from exclusively junior high schools would be exempted.
The education ministry urged that for 2016 academic continuity, ninth graders and secondary school students should remain at the same schools until completion.
“Allowances could be made in extreme cases, in which the MOE shall be fully involved in the transfers of the students concerned,” the calendar stated.
According to MOE new policy, a pass in the 2016 WAEC is a prerequisite for student’s promotion to tenth grade.
Therefore, ninth graders must successfully pass the National Examinations administered by the West African Examination Council (WAEC), as well as 12th graders for their graduation.
The MOE 2016/2017 academic calendar requires that 9th and 12th graders period test should use the WAEC answer sheets format to prepare them for the 2017 WAEC Exams and no fee should be charged to students using the said format.
The ministry pointed out that make-ups (lipstick, false eye-lashes, wig and attachments are not allowed in schools, and boys hair should be simply cut with no designs.
The MOE indicated that boys and girls should wear their uniform pants and skirts respectively around their waist.
“No skinning (skin tight, blouses, trousers and pants) are allowed, and girls skirt waist band should be not more than two and half inches wide,” the calendar indicated.
The ministry is calling on schools administrators to be supportive of every child’s education.