The Ghana Education Service is the country's education management body. Among it's numerous responsibilities is the implementation of the national school curriculum. From time to time, educational reforms have been implemented. In the year 2019, the new standard based curriculum was rolled out beginning from the primary school level. Before the roll out, a workshop was organized for those in the primary schools.
After the long closure of schools as a result of the novel Covid-19, schools finally reopen early this year. The new common core program is supposed to be implemented in the Junior High School form 1. But before that, various subject teachers were supposed to be taking through series of teaching methodologies. It was initially scheduled but later postponed indefinitely.
It is about ten weeks into the semester without any indications as to when this workshop would be organized. The same way textbooks have still not been provided for both teachers and learners. So how does the full implementation of the curriculum materialise? How easy will it be for teachers to teach these pupils without any textbooks. How will students be able to do private studies on their own without learning materials?
We cannot leave out the National Council For Curriculum And Assessment. This is the body which has been mandated to oversee the review and development of the country's educational curriculum. What then is their role? It took several months for some textbooks to be approved. Even that these approved textbooks are not available in the schools.
These and many other questions calls for answers from the Ghana Education Service. Surprisingly, teacher unions have been silent on this matter. So who would be blamed when students fail in their examination at the end of the day? It is important that GES provides answers to these all important questions as soon as possible.
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