New curriculum to make pupils innovative – Dr Prince Armah

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Dr Prince Armah, member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Pupils in Ghana’s primary schools are being groomed to be analytical, innovative, problem solvers and generational thinkers to be able to compete with their compatriots across the country, a member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Dr Prince Armah has said.

According to him, with the introduction of new curriculum for primary schools, the era of theory based education would be a thing of the past.

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Dr Armah noted that the new curriculum forms part of the ongoing pre-tertiary education reforms undertaken by the Ministry of Education to make education more responsive to the human resource and development needs of Ghana.

He added that the new curriculum, to start in September 2019, will have learning areas in kindergarten reduced from seven to four which would be integrated into themes and treated in-depth.

Dr Armah stated that while the subjects for upper and lower primary will remain the same, there would be in-depth treatment of concept in each subject.

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The New Primary Curriculum: Key features

Under the new curriculum, the following important features must be noted:

1. At kindergarten, the number of learning areas is to be reduced from seven to four which are integrated into themes. However, these would be treated with more depth.

2.  At Lower and Upper Primary, the number of subjects remains the same. However, there will be fewer concepts and more in-depth treatment of concept in each subject. Further, there is greater emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

3. Introduction of standards-based curriculum. This means that at every stage in school, a student is expected to demonstrate an understanding and mastery of knowledge and skills that they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.

4. There will be national assessments at P2, P4 and P6 to ensure that children’s performance is being tracked.

5. History of Ghana will be compulsory for each child from P1 to P6.

6. RME will be a standalone subject.

7. PE will be a standalone subject and will be taught practically

8. French will be introduced at Upper Primary

Plan for Nationwide Implementation

1. Training a core of 150 master trainers nationwide on the new curriculum.

2. The master trainers will in turn train 3,900 district and regional trainers.

3. About 152,000 kindergarten and primary school teachers will be trained across the country by the master, regional and district trainers.

4. There will be continuous professional development through the setting up of learning communities for teachers to enable them share ideas and experiences.

5. Community engagement (School Management Committees, School Performance Appraisal Meetings, Parent Teacher Association, supply of curriculum documents to schools, supply of textbooks, relevant teaching learning resources, monitoring and evaluation.

Source: Ghana|Adomonline.com|Adwoa Gyasiwaa Agyeman

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