New curriculum was not rolled out in a rush – Education Ministry

Source kasapafmonline

The Ministry of Education has dismissed the assertion that the new curriculum for basic schools was rolled out in a rush.

The absence of textbooks for pupils months after schools reopened has prompted criticisms from mostly educationists who questioned why the curriculum was rolled out without the availability of textbooks.

However, speaking in an interview with an Accra based radio, the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum said the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment(NACCA) is on course.

He added that per international best practices whenever a new curriculum is implemented sometimes there’s a gap but it’s important that teachers have materials to use before the textbooks come.

“There’s always going to be a gap and that gap is being managed by NACCA and they are working so hard to get the textbooks approved so that it can hit the market for parents and government to buy so they are working hard to ensure that that situation will be resolved.

“We’re not rushing, let me tell you this we’ve been waiting since independence to have the right curricula this is the time. We should be in a hurry, how is South Korea better than us in education, look at the human capital index. Their human capital index is o.84 ours is 0.44 their education is better than ours. We are in a hurry to change the system so that in 20 years from now we’ll no longer be in a hurry.” Dr. Yaw Adutwum added.

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