- GES has announced plans to implement a new curriculum
- The new curriculum, according to the GES,would focus on child development
- According to the outfit, the new curriculum would shift away significantly from rote learning
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced that beginning the 2019/2020 academic year, they would roll out a new educational curriculum.
The said curriculum would focus on the total development of the child and would not be examination-focused, by discouraging rote learning, also known as ‘chew, pour, pass and forget.
The Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), Dr Prince Armah, who disclosed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic, said the new curriculum would shift away significantly from cognitive development to one that would nurture values and build character.
Describing the current school system as “defective”, he said the current educational system measured people purely on cognitive ability, but Ghana did not need people who were knowledgeable alone.
“We need the genius, and if all we do is ‘chew, pour, pass and forget’, how can we be genius? We need skilled people to propel our economic aspirations and the school system that can help foster that is technical and vocational education.
We need people who are empathetic; we need people who have fellow feeling; we need people who are tolerant and these values cannot be assessed using cognitive instruments," he said.
He added that the development assessment framework is one that would not only measure or emphasise cognitive but also look at the values and attitudes that would make the person fit into society efficiently.
In other news, Minister for Education Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has said the era of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is the best time to study in Ghana due to all of the educational reforms.
According to the minister for education, the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy has resulted in an increment in student enrolment by some 31%, as opposed to the spectre of 100,000 students falling out of school each year at the Junior High School level in the years before 2017.
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