The Akufo-Addo government has initiated a massive reform in the curriculum of basic schools in the country in what promises to be a marked departure from the existing colonial-inspired curriculum.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, launched the New Basic Curriculum as part of the ongoing pre-tertiary education reforms of the Ministry of Education to make education more responsive to the Human resource and development needs of Ghana.
As part of the new curriculum, Kindergarten subjects will be reduced from seven to four subjects that are grouped into modules.
At Lower and Upper Primary, the number of subjects remains the same. However, the GES says that there will be fewer concepts and more in-depth treatment of concept in each subject. Further, there is greater emphasis on literacy and numeracy.
The new curriculum places emphasis on Computer studies and Ghana’s History. It however unclear how the government hopes to achieve this, given the woeful ICT infrastructure in Ghanaian school.
Also, the GES did not specify the version of Ghanaian history it hopes to incorporate in basic school education: the version left by colonial archivists or the factual version that gives pupils a realistic connection to their heritage.
The new reform includes a national assessment for Primary 2, 4 and 6 classes because pupils are expected to demonstrate an understanding and mastery of knowledge and skills they have learnt as they progress through their education.
To achieve these reforms, the government says it is training a core of 150 master trainers nationwide who will, in turn, train 3,900 district and regional trainers.
These district and regional trainers will be responsible for training the more than 152,000 Kindergarten and Primary school teachers.
This reform has been mostly hailed by critics. It is, however, coming in the heels of a controversial plan by the government to introduce new school uniforms for basic schools and force parents to buy them, despite the Akufo Addo administration’s talk about making basic education free and hassle-free.
Source: Whatsypnews Ghana