According to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), the duration for both Junior High School (JHS) and Senior High School (SHS) education will remain three years under the proposed Common Core Programme (CCP).
The council disclosed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic to help dispel rumours that under the CCP curriculum, the duration of JHS will be reviewed from the current three to four years, while SHS will be two years.
The Executive Secretary of NaCCA, Dr Prince Hamid Armah, explained that the new curriculum was the second phase of the pre-tertiary curriculum review started in 2017, from which kindergarten (KG) and primary school programmes were currently being implemented by the Ghana Education Service (GES).
The Executive Secretary also explained that engagement on a draft CCP curriculum from Basic Seven to Basic 10, scheduled for February 28, 2020, would solicit the views and suggestions of key stakeholders towards the finalization of the draft curriculum.
Under the CCP, students will study a set of core subjects from Basic Seven (JHS 1) to Basic 10 (SHS 1), before opting for career-related or academic programmes from Basic 11 (SHS 2) to Basic 12 (SHS 3).
The curriculum is being designed around building character and nurturing values, in addition to ensuring seamless progression for all learners from JHS to SHS.
The meeting is scheduled for the GNAT Hall in Accra on Friday, February 28 and expected to be attended by representatives from the various teacher unions, student unions, educational directorates, school administrators, civil society organisations, as well as the public,” he added.
Dr Armah also expressed optimism that the inputs by the stakeholders and feedback from the event would contribute to produce a responsive curriculum that would help “produce a new generation of Ghanaian high school graduates with the requisite 21st-century skills, workplace ethos and employable skills”.
He also stressed that placement exams into SHS may still be conducted at the end of JHS Three (Basic Nine),” adding that at the end of the CCP, Common Core Examinations will be conducted to guide learners in choosing a combination of courses, either for academic or career-related pathways, once they will already be in SHS,” Dr Armah further explained.
Source: Daily Graphic