Dean of the School of Education and Leadership in the University of Ghana, Professor Jonathan Fletcher, has scored that the change of teaching content for JHSs and SHSs is rightly placed, considering the refined standards aimed at ensuring students’ success.
According to him, the Common Core Programme (CCP) Curriculum will facilitate learning experiences that will prepare participants for higher education, as students will now apply the knowledge acquired in and outside the classroom.
“We need to understand that we have a system that will help students to use application of knowledge rather than the knowledge itself, that would help. And we need to understand also that it’s not just teaching pupils to be able to read and write, there are attitudes and values that we need to emphasize.
“If you look at the new program, and if you look at the learning behavior dimension, there are three main dimensions. Knowledge and understanding is only 30%, which means that this time with the internet, you can know a lot, but the most important thing is to be able to apply what you know and so Application is taking 40% and Values, Attitude taking 30%,” he said.
In an interview on Campus Exclusive on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, Prof. Fletcher added that the change in content focuses on the depth of knowledge and not cover a wide range of topics.
“The content has been looked at, because instead of covering a wide range of topics, now the emphasis is on depth, rather than the broad bases that we had.
“And again, we’re looking at a standard-based curriculum, which means that the standards have been defined and would be made clearer for teachers to try and make sure students achieve these standards,” he highlighted.
In essence, he suggested that “what we need to do is to invest in continuous professional development [of teachers], because if we are going to be able to deliver this curriculum, we need to make sure that teachers are ‘on the go’, all the time.”
He further noted the following:
“I think a lot of the changes that we have initiated in this country have yielded some results, I wouldn’t say they have all been completely successful. But one thing is certain, I believe strongly that every improvement is a change, however, not all changes are improvements, yet you cannot get any improvement without changing.
Therefore, if you want to improve, you must change. Sometimes when you change and realize the direction is not the right direction, you can always do a U-turn or modify the strategy in order to achieve a positive objective. This is a very important principle”, he said.
As part of measures to improve the learning experiences and outcomes in school children, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), in partnership with the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) and other relevant stakeholders effected changes in the teaching curriculum for basic schools.
The reforms are also focused on addressing the inherent challenges in the existing curriculum and ensuring that the content of the national curriculum for change and sustainable development can be intentionally benchmarked.
Story by: Talata Mahama | universnewsroom.com