Reduction of subjects at the basic level is not the solution–Prof. Nsiah-Gyabaah

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The Ministry of Education has recommended a drastic reduction in the number of subjects studied at basic schools to not more than five subjects, Deputy Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has disclosed.

According to Mr. Ablakwa, the Ministry considers the current curricular at the basic level to be “too high."

Basic Education in Ghana, which is free and compulsory, lasts 11 years. Pupils between age 4-15-years are mandated to learn at least 10- in some cases 12- subjects at that level.

These include English Language, Ghanaian Language and Culture, Social Studies, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Basic, Design and Technology, Information and Communication Technology, French (optional), Religious and Moral Education.

However, Professor Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaah, Vice President of the Anglican University College of Technology (ANGUTEC) at Nkoranza, has expressed his disagreement concerning the reduction of subjects at the basic level.

Prof. Nsiah-Gyabaah speaking on Coffee Shop on Jlife Fm stated that, abysmal performance by students is not  from the primary/basic level but rather Senior High School (SHS).
He said the solution is not the reduction of subjects at the basic level.

According to him, the methodology of teaching, approach to teaching, poor resources/facilities and unqualified teachers in the educational system are the cause of this problem.

He charged authorities to look for the root cause of the challenge from Junior High School and Senior High School level. "The limitation of the child or subjects at the basic level will not yield any good result because the child is at the learning stage."

He said, holding the challenge and finding a lasting solution will be of help to us all.
"we should not treat the symptom and leave the core."

Professor Nsiah-Gyabaah called on government to give right resources and teacher incentives to help improve the educational system in the country.

Compiled by: Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku (KOK)

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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