Head of Supervision and Management at the Okai Koi Directorate of Ghana Education Service (G.E.S), Mr. Frederick Gerald Mensah, has disclosed that basic school children are to use the first eight weeks of the new academic year to recover lost weeks of academic activities as a result of the closure of schools prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Per arrangements made for reopening of schools, teachers will be required not to start new concepts. Mr. Mensah made the disclosure in an interview on Radio Angelus’ breakfast show on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
The closure of schools became necessary as that ensured the safety and protection of the lives of students across the country. This development has compelled the Ghana Education Service to come out with modalities that will ensure efficiency in continuity in a very tight academic calendar.
Initially, the anticipation of an educational reform meant that teachers were to be taken through some training on the Common Core Programme (CCP) for Junior High Schools. The plan, according to Mr. Mensah, had to be suspended temporarily to afford education managers time to plan programmes that will aid teachers to review past concepts when schools re-open.
Regarding the role of teacher education in the implementation of the reforms, Mr. Frederick Mensah assured that the Colleges of Education have already reviewed their curriculum to align with the new reforms in Ghana’s Basic Education.
In the new reform, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.EC.E) shall be replaced by Placement Examination to enroll students into Senior High Schools whereas the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) shall be replaced by an Entrance Examination into the University.
Source: Victor Yekple//Radio Angelus