of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa launched the New
Basic Curriculum today. The New Curriculum is part of the ongoing pre-tertiary
education reforms of the Ministry of Education to make education more
responsive to the Human resource and development needs of Ghana.
PRIMARYCURRICULUM: KEY FEATURES
Under the new
curriculum, the following important features must be noted;
1. At KG, the number
of learning areas is to be reduced from seven (7) to four (4) which are
integrated into themes. However these will be treated with more depth.
2. At Lower and
Upper Primary, the number of subjects remains the same. However, there will be
fewer concepts and more in-depth treatment of concept in each subject. Further,
there is greater emphasis on literacy and numeracy.
3. Introduction of
standards-based curriculum. This means that at every stage in school, a student
is expected to demonstrate an understanding and mastery of knowledge and skills
that they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.
4. There will be
national assessments at P2, P4 and P6 to ensure that children’s performance is
5. History of Ghana
will be compulsory for each child from P1 to P6.
6. RME will be a
7. PE will be a
standalone subject and will be taught practically
8. French will be
introduced at Upper Primary
Plan for Nationwide
1. Training a core of
150 master trainers nationwide on the new curriculum.
2. The master trainers
will in turn train 3,900 district and regional trainers.
3. About 152,000
KG and primary school teachers will be trained across the country by the
master, regional and district trainers.
4. There will be
continuous professional development through the setting up of learning
communities for teachers to enable them share ideas and experiences.
5 Community engagement
(School Management Committees (SMCs), School Performance Appraisal Meetings
(SPAM), PTA), supply of curriculum documents to schools, supply of
textbooks, relevant teaching learning resources, monitoring and evaluation.