Stakeholders in Education are being given an intensive training on the new Standard-Based Curriculum for basic schools to be rolled out in the next academic year; September 2019.
Participants at the five-day master trainers’ workshop, which opened in Koforidua on Monday, were selected from the Ghana Education Service (GES), National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA), National Inspectorate Board, National Teaching Council, Public Colleges of Education and the Universities, among others.
To ensure that teachers, the gatekeepers to the effective implementation of the new curriculum, are well exposed, the participants would, in turn, do the regional and district training for more than 152,000 basic school teachers in the country, scheduled to take place between June-July 2019.
Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, the Minister of Education, said over the years the content and structure of instruction in the institutions of learning, particularly at the basic level, had failed to adequately equip young people with the skills and innovation needed for nation-building.
He said Ghana’s educational system had merely served as a conveyor belt to pass students into the world of work without ensuring that they were able to function effectively.
One of the critical ways to addressing that was the change in curriculum at the basic level, he said.
Dr Opoku-Prempeh said the formative periods from the kindergarten to primary three were very critical on the educational ladder.
“When we get Kg – P3 right, which is the foundation of education, all the others would be right, hence the need to change the curriculum at the basic level as the first step to tackle the needed change in the educational sector”.
The Minister commended the leadership of the NaCCA for the dedication to the all-important national assignment and expressed confidence that the curriculum they had produced, along with modifications to the national system of assessment, would be the answer to the needs of modern education.
That, he said, would equip young Ghanaians to compete favourably with others anywhere in the world.
Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwaa, the Director-General of the GES, said the Government was fully sponsoring the training of the 152,000 basic school teachers and all other resources needed in the implantation of the new curriculum to the tune of GH₵26 million
He, therefore, directed that no teacher must pay any money towards the training programme.
Dr Prince Hamid Armah, the Executive Secretary of the NaCCA, said the training had been designed with full recognition of the exigencies of the time as well as the non-negotiable global imperative of quality education as required by the Sustainable Development Goal-Four.
He expressed the hope that every teacher at the basic level would be trained before the 2019/20 academic year and urged stakeholders to be committed to ensure the success of the programme.
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Go for Ghana Card – Volta NDC to supporters
Mr James Gunu, the Volta Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged Ghanaians, especially supporters of the Party to fully participate in the Ghana Card registration exercise, which commenced in the region on Monday, July 22.
He said, “the Volta Region NDC wishes to encourage all and sundry, including party faithfuls, to participate in the ongoing Ghana card registration exercise. Ghana card is not for any political party, it is for all of us, so everyone must take part, even though the exercise was not given enough days”.
Mr. Gunu was addressing supporters of the party at a “revival rally” on the theme, “mobilizing all available resources for victory 2020”, on Sunday at Agbozume, in the Ketu South constituency of the Volta Region.
He asked followers of the NDC to encourage their households to register and ignore any acts of “intimidation” from opposition parties.
Mr Gunu called for unity in the Party ahead of the Parliamentary Primaries and urged members to accept outcomes of vetting of aspirants and elections of parliamentary candidates.
Mr. Bright Kumordzi, Ketu South Constituency Chairman of the NDC, appealed to all delegates to choose the best candidate for the parliamentary seat and commended aspirants in the Constituency for working together in peace.
The fund raising rally brought together some branch executives, former and present constituency executives as well as all the parliamentary aspirants in the constituency, to at mobilize resources towards attaining the 2020 agenda of the party.
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Government says GH¢3b road projects to start nationwide
Government has announced plans to start road infrastructural development in the second half of the year, amounting to GH¢3 billion.
Road projects are expected to see a major boost nationwide upon the resumption of the cocoa roads projects.
It will be recalled that cocoa road projects were discontinued for audit and re-scoping and proper alignment of funds to execute them.
Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, announced this at a media briefing in Accra.
He said upon completion of the audit exercise, some road projects have been terminated and others re-scoped, while others have been handed over to the proper agencies such as Highways and Urban Roads to execute.
He said funding is being made available for the commencement of those projects, with the assurance that contractors would be paid for work done.
He said more than three billion Ghana cedis of cocoa roads are set to commence under the new programme in cocoa growing areas across the country.
Other road projects funded through the Central Government budget and road fund are expected to pick up during the year, he added.
He said the LEKMA roads and others have already been given out on contract and contractors are already mobilising to site.
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Group to check misuse of drugs in Sabon Zongo formed
Zongo Against Drug (ZAD), a civic pressure group, has been formed at Sabon Zongo in the Ablekuma Central Municipality, to check misuse of drugs by the youth in the area.
It also aims at championing the cause of sensitising the youth about the dangers of drugs, its consequences and help them to abstain from it.
Mr. Abdul Rahim Salifu Ango, Chairman of the group and a Clinical Psychologist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, told the Ghana News Agency that, the group would create awareness among the muslim youth in Accra, on avoiding negative practices in society and to uphold high moral principles.
ZAD, he said, is a non-partisan group, whose membership cuts across the political divide, adding that, it comprises opinion leaders of the community and some chiefs too.
He said it seeks to stimulate action among policy makers and the public to recognise and take pragmatic measures to discourage the youth on deviant and immoral acts.
Mr. Salifu Ango said Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools presented more opportunities for the muslim youth and there is the need to prepare themselves to play meaningful roles in the country.
He said ZAD intends to work in partnership with private and public sector institutions as well as international Non-Governmental Organisations(NGOs) committed to the same goals.
He expressed the hope that the media would continue to play its critical role of informing and educating the public about the concerns of ZAD.
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