New Courses For JHS and SHS to be Rolled Out Next Academic Year

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Ghana’s  Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the new Common Core Programme(CCP) Curriculum for Junior and Senior High Schools will be rolled out in the next academic year.

Currently, the government has not announced the exact reopening date of schools in the country. But what we know is school reopening will depend on science and data as said by Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo in his recent televised nation’s address monitored by Georgeweb.org said. “The government is in consultations with stakeholders in the education sector. Which is to determine the conditions for the future re-opening of schools after the conduct of 2020 BECE and WASSCE.

The Manhyia South MP speaking on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday said. The Common Core Programme (CCP) Curriculum is a carefully designed curriculum for learners in JHS 1 (Basic 7) to SHS 1 (Basic 10). Which is as part of the learning experiences necessary to prepare them for higher education. And also the world of work or both.

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Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh indicated that at the end of the CCP. Learners have the options of branching into either the academic pathway or the career pathway for two years (SHS 2 to SHS 3). Which leads to either a high school or career-ready diploma.

In addition, “Our transformational efforts on the curriculum is focused on ensuring that we have the dream Ghanaian child who is competent and able to match up to any of their counterparts anywhere in the world,” he said.

Also, NAPO explained that in 2017, the government prioritised curriculum revision and pursued it aggressively. KG – Primary 6 curriculum was completed, transitioning us from an objective-based curriculum to a 21st-century standards-based curriculum.

Therefore, he furthered that almost all 153,000 KG and primary school teachers across the country received initial training and continue to update their skills and competencies on the new curriculum.

“Roll-out commenced in September 2019 at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year. With the revised curricular, the emphasis has been placed on the acquisition of foundational reading, writing, arithmetic and creative skills and core competencies including Creativity and innovation, Critical thinking and Problem-solving, Communication and Collaboration, Cultural identity and Global citizenship, Personal Development and Leadership, and Digital literacy”. he said

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Mr Speaker, with significant numbers of our children truncating their education at the Basic level in the previous years, the free SHS programme, together with the comprehensive nature of the CCP curriculum, that holds both junior high and senior high together, will certainly increase the opportunity for many to access improved quality secondary education”. he added.

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