The National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA), has said in a press statement released on 13th January, 2021 and signed by the Acting Director General, Mr John Mensah Anang that, the Common Core Programme will consist of certain key features that have been carefully designed for Junior and senior high school students in the country.
According to NaCCA, the purpose of these core elements being introduced into the education system is to prepare learners adequately for post-secondary education, the world of work or both. Notable among the key areas the new programme seeks to cover are as follows :
1.The introduction of project, community service and engagement to link classroom to real life.
2. The introduction of technical and vocational courses such as Career Technology, Creative Arts and Design for all students from first year in junior high to first year in senior high school in order to equip learners with the relevant technical and vocational skills.
3 .The introduction of computer software programming and internet safety to promote lifelong learning.
4. Emphasis to be placed on values such as respect diversity, equity, commitment to excellence, truth and integrity to promote patriotism.
5. Lastly, assessment of knowledge, skills, core competences, attitude and values with emphasis on what the learners do.
Moreover, learners in senior high will continue to offer the same subjects, however, after completing SHS 1,learners can either branch into academic or career pathways.
Contrary to the false publication circulating online, the National Council added that, final exams will continue to be written for third year students in junior high schools in order to be placed into the various senior high schools in Ghana as it has always been for decades. The general public are however entreated to disregard the false information on circulation on social media concerning the closing time for basic schools.
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