Education is like the air we breathe. When the air is being polluted it poses danger to our lives irrespective of your social status, religion, or tribe.
It is very important our leaders and all those handling issues of education in Ghana have this understanding and thereby doing the right things to ensure our educational standards are the best.
The current introduction of the Standard-Based Curriculum by the Ministry of Education from KG1 to Basic 6 this September we were made to understand is to ensure that every Ghanaian child is equipped with the much-needed competencies and values required by the 21st-century job market.
It is evident that many countries and throughout this modern era of educational change, curriculum innovation has been regarded as an essential strategy for educational reform.
I have spent time rethinking on issues regarding the recent curriculum reform in Ghana because there are a whole lot of concerns among teachers, schools, and parents.
Teacher quality is the most significant factor in academic achievement.
It is very important we always focus keenly on better teacher quality because a strong teacher is crucial in achieving results.
It is, therefore, important we leave no stone unturned in providing holistic training for all teachers in the effective use of this new curriculum because is very pivotal its success.
The training of all teachers is mandatory and not just a section, and that encompasses all the implementers of this new standard-based curriculum.
It is, however, very sad to note that NABCO personnel under the Educate Ghana Module teaching in all primary schools across the country and the newly trained teachers doing their national service who are equally teaching in primary schools across the country have all not been trained on the Standard-Based Curriculum.
The question, l will like to ask is that, are they not class teachers who will be teaching the Standard-Based Curriculum?
If they are not trained on the Standard-Based Curriculum, they cannot implement its content and thereby not giving learners the desired knowledge.
It is of great concern because, when young people have access to good education, they are given more opportunities to succeed and help change the world.
The Director-General of GES should come out and tell Ghanaians why the abovementioned teachers have not been trained prior to the commencement of the Standard-Based Curriculum to date.
To conclude, an effective teacher is the most important school-based factor in a student’s learning.
Let us stop handling issues of education anyhow because the success or failure of mother Ghana depends on it greatly.
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