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12.04.2007 General News

Major Highlights of the new education system

By statesman

* Universal Basic Education shall now be 11 years, made up of:

2 years of Kindergarten

6 years of Primary School

3 years of Junior High School (JHS)

* The medium of instruction in Kindergarten and Lower Primary will be a Ghanaian language and English, where necessary.

* At the basic level, emphasis shall be on Literacy, Numeracy, Creative Arts and Problem Solving Skills.

* After JHS, students may choose to go into different streams at Senior High School (SHS), comprising General Education and Technical, Vocational and Agricultural Education and Training (TVET) or enter into an apprenticeship scheme with some support from the Government.

* After JHS, there will be two parallel streams made up of General Education and Technical Education.

* At the Senior High School (SHS), the core subjects shall be English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Social Studies and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

* Curriculum shall be developed to meet the needs of children and youth with special educational needs.

* A new 4-year SHS will offer General Education with electives in General, Business, Technical, Vocational and Agriculture options for entry into a tertiary institution or the job market.

* Technical, Vocational and Agricultural Institutions will also offer 4-year courses including the core SHS subjects.

* Special incentives for Teacher Training Colleges.

* Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) shall be responsible for the infrastructure, supervision and monitoring of Basic and Senior High Schools.

* A new National Inspectorate Board (NIB), Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure quality education.

* FCUBE and cost-sharing at the senior high ad tertiary levels maintained.

* Educational services widened to include Library and Information, Guidance and Counselling and Distance Education.

* Emphasis will put on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Science and Technology.