The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) has rejected accusations it had expunged social studies from the newly introduced curriculum at the basic level.
The subject, according to the Council, in a statement Wednesday signed by its Executive Secretary Prince Armah “has never been part of the KG and primary school curriculum.”
NaCCA’s response comes after the National Social Studies Association (NaSSA), comprising Social Studies teachers across the country threatened to embark on a series of actions to compel the government to restore the subject in the newly introduced curriculum at the basic level.
The group described as worrying the exclusion of social studies from the new curriculum and questioned what level of stakeholder engagement was done before arriving at the decision.
Below is the full statement
CONCERNS ON SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE NEW CURRICULUM
The attention of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) has been drawn to concerns from the National Social Studies Association (NaSSA) that the Council and the Ministry of Education have eliminated Social Studies from the new basic school curriculum. NaCCA would like to state as follows:
• The pre-tertiary curriculum review process which began in June 2017 is being rolled out in two phases. The first phase focuses on Kindergarten (KG) to Primary curriculum while the second phase focuses on the Junior High School (JHS) and Senior High School (SHS) curriculum.
• Currently, the first phase has been completed and handed over to the Ghana Education Service for implementation beginning September 2019. The subject “Social Studies” has never been part of the KG and primary school curriculum.
• A key goal of the curriculum review is to ensure “learners have an understanding of Ghana’s history, culture and traditions and of their rights and responsibilities as citizens” and this has been embedded throughout the reviewed curriculum.
• The second phase, comprising JHS and SHS curriculum, will begin in August with a Stakeholder Engagement chaired by the Hon. Minister of Education from the 2nd to 4th August 2019. This consultation process will engage key experts who will be involved in drafting the framework for this phase of the curriculum review process.
NaCCA would like to assure the general public that, as part of its inclusive curriculum development process, all relevant stakeholders will be extensively engaged during the next phase of the curriculum review process.
Prince H. Armah, PhD
Executive Secretary (Ag.)
Source: Daily Mail GH