Reports gathered by Bricy Boateng from teacher groups on social media platforms reveal that District Directors of Education, Circuit Supervisors and head teachers are directing teachers to produce lesson plans into their lesson notes book just as it has been the case many years ago.
Although it is not a new thing to members of the teaching profession, things have changed since the passage of time. The introduction of Standard-Based Curriculum for Primary and kindergarten levels of Education coupled with the recent change of junior high school curriculum called Common Core Programme, lesson notes preparation has moved from analogue to digital.
By analogue, I mean lesson notes preparation has moved from being written into notebooks painstakingly by teachers during the weekend to being typed and saved in a soft copy form (digital)
Should teachers write lesson notes?
Since I cannot answer this question all by myself, at least I know two important personalities who are very influential in Ghana's Education who have made statements regarding this topic. Interestingly, no person or institution like GES has come out to refute these two.
Dr. Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana
The Vice President of Ghana was the first person to declare that teachers will no longer write lesson notes into their notebooks. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made mention at the launch of“ One Teacher, One Laptop” Initiative on September 2021 organized at St. Mary's Senior High School.
That aside, the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum also declared on Wontumi TV and Radio on November 2021 that lesson notes is a thing of the past. The Minister gave the reason that TM1 laptops for teachers replace the traditional lesson notes writing.
Teachers have been given the liberty to use soft copies of the lesson notes uploaded on the TM1 laptop or mobile phones without being penalized by any Education officer. Alternatively, teachers cannot be forced to write lesson notes in their notebooks.
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