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Don’t rush new curriculum at JHS level – EduWatch to Ministry

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Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) is cautioning the Education Ministry against acting in haste in implementing the new curriculum at the Junior High School (JHS) level.

The education policy think tank says the Ministry must ensure the provision of crucial resources, particularly in rural schools, to ensure a successful implementation.

“…the successful implementation of the curriculum hinges on the adoption of efficient processes in the piloting and validation process, availability of adequate resources and a realistic timeline for eventual roll-out. Specific resources required prior to implementation include computer and technology laboratories for all schools, textbooks, adequate training for teachers and inclusive teaching aids,” the think tank said Thursday, February 27, 2020.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) in April 2019, launched the new curriculum which was developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA).

It is a shift from the objective-based curriculum to a standards-based curriculum with focus on strengthening the acquisition of the 4Rs (Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic and cReativity) as foundational skills for life-long learning and national development, Director-General of GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, had said.

The approved basic curriculum for KG One to Primary Six was implemented at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year last September.

However, the curriculum review team at Africa Education Watch stating its position on the new draft Junior High School and Basic (BS) 10 curriculum, says “…lessons from the hasty rollout of the primary school curriculum and its attendant avoidable challenges must be our guide in order to improve.”

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