Ghana to roll out new standards-based curriculum next year — GES

The new “standards-based curriculum” for second-cycle schools will be introduced by the Ghana Education Service in the upcoming academic year.

Speaking at the announcement, Mr. Francis Yao Agbemadi, the Volta Regional Director of Education, stated that the new curriculum marked a substantial departure from the existing objective-based curriculum, which mostly concentrated on pupils’ note-taking and memorization.

During the Student Representative Council (SRC) Week Celebration at Dzodze-Penyi Senior High School (Dzosec), Mr. Agbemadi made this announcement during a magnificent durbar.

This week’s event had “Developing Dzosec, a Shared Responsibility” as its theme.

He claimed that the goal of the new curriculum was to produce a generation of students with the knowledge, abilities, and moral principles needed for success in the classroom, the workplace, and responsible adulthood.

Mr. Agbemadi emphasized that the celebration’s topic made sense as they discussed the intricacies of contemporary education and its consequences for the future.

He noted that quality and relevant education was about more than just delivering content, “it is about preparing students for the multifaceted world they will encounter.” 

Mr Agbemadi stressed that quality education remained a shared responsibility involving teachers, school administrators, students, parents, government officials, and the community at large. 

“Each one of us has a role to play in ensuring that our students receive a well-rounded education that equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century,” he said. 

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He further revealed that the primary aim of secondary education was to lay a robust academic foundation for higher education.  

“This entails mastering core subjects, while also developing critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and a lifelong love of learning.” 

Mr Agbemadi explained that achieving the stated goals required the active involvement of educators, students, and parents.

He stated that educators need to design engaging learning spaces that pique students’ interests and promote intellectual inquiry.

Conversely, he asserted, students need to take responsibility for their education by participating fully in class, asking for assistance when necessary, and making good use of the resources that are available.

He urged parents to help their kids by setting up a comfortable study space and demonstrating an interest in their scholastic achievements.

Additionally, Mr. Agbemadi emphasized that in addition to academic knowledge, the labor market of the twenty-first century demanded adaptability and practical abilities.

He applauded the SRC for playing a vital role in advancing high-quality education by standing up for the needs and interests of students.

Some students, the GNA engaged, expressed the optimism that the new curriculum would equip them well for whatever challenges lie ahead in life.

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