The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) has refuted claims that its outfit has removed Social Studies from the New Standard-Based Curriculum for Basic Schools.
NaCCA said Social Studies has never been part of Kindergarten and Primary School Curriculum.
NaCCA was responding to a statement by the National Social Studies Association (NaSSA), comprising Social Studies teachers across the country who threatened to embark on a series of actions to compel the government to restore the subject in the newly introduced curriculum at the basic level.
NaCCA ,in its 31st July,2019 response,signed by its Acting Executive Secretary,Prince H. Armah,Phd. ,indicated that the pre-tertiary curriculum review process which began in June 2017 is being rolled out in two phases and that the first phase focuses on Kindergarten (KG) to Primary curriculum while the second phase focuses on the Junior High School (JHS) and Senior High School (SHS) curriculum.
According to NaCCA, the first phase has been completed and handed over to the Ghana Education Service for implementation beginning September 2019.
”The subject “Social Studies” has never been part of the KG and primary school curriculum.” The statement emphasized.
“A key goal of the curriculum review is to ensure “learners have an understanding of Ghana’s history, culture and traditions and of their rights and responsibilities as citizens” and this has been embedded throughout the reviewed curriculum.” He said.
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The statement said,the second phase, comprising JHS and SHS curriculum, will begin in August with a Stakeholder Engagement chaired by the Minister of Education from the 2nd to 4th August 2019.
“This consultation process will engage key experts who will be involved in drafting the framework for this phase of the curriculum review process.” He said.
The statement indicated,that as part of its inclusive development process, all relevant stakeholders will be extensively engaged during the next phase of the curriculum review process.