The distribution of laptops to teachers under the one teacher, one laptop initiative commenced this month (September) after its official launch by the His Excellency the Vice President of Ghana Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia on the 3rd of September 2021. Some teachers received theirs earlier this week and the previous week.
As JHS level of the basic education system resumes for the commencement of the second semester come Tuesday, what is the fate of the basic 7 or the Jhs 1 pupils? Are we still going to pretend as if we are teaching them? These are pupils who didn't have the full scope of the STANDARD BASED CURRICULUM.
In the last four decades, the nation had embarked on the three major school curriculum reforms - i.e., the 1987 basic education reform, 1996 fCUBE reform and the current standards-based curriculum (SBC) reform. The SBC reform had led to an overhaul of the objectives-based curriculum introduced in the 1987 reforms.
A standards-based curriculum(SBC) refers explicitly to specific knowledge, learning experiences to gain that knowledge, and assessments to check for mastery of that knowledge, developed by looking at the standards of a district, state, or nation. The SBC was introduced in 2019 where teachers went through series of workshop trainings to be able to adhere and comprehend to the new ideas that were about to be introduced. Some where along the line, facilitators were told that all the materials needed for the smooth
The leadership of Ghana National Association of Schools (GNAPS), an umbrella Association of school owners has bemoaned the constant exploitation by so called service providers of CCP/ SBC. Proprietors and Proprietresses of private schools in Ghana were assured that Government is committed to upholding the constitutional provision that makes the right to equal educational opportunities a reality.
The new Standard Based Curriculum (SBC) and the Common Core Program (CCP) designed by the Nacca in collaboration with the ministry of Education set to essentially turn the learner to a social agent, solver of problems of everyday Life, has been a bit challenged and subsequently delayed by the closure of schools due to the covid-19 spread. Eventually after 10 good months spent in their various houses, the president of the Republic Nana Akufo-Addo gave the go ahead for the return of students in their various classrooms.