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The Ghana Education Service (GES) is beginning the first of its teacher development programme under the new curriculum across the country.

The training programme named, ‘Continuous Professional Development (CPD) involves teachers from Kindergarten 1 to Primary 6 across the country.

The first CPD, which is scheduled for today October 30, 2019, a statement from the GES signed by Head of the Public Relations Unit, Cassandra Twum Ampofo, all teachers affected will not attend school.

All Kindergarten 1 to Primary 6 pupils across the country will not attend school today, Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the GES) has directed.

The statement said, “The Ghana Education Service wishes to remind the general public particularly KG 1 to Primary 6 teachers, pupils, parents and guardians that Wednesday 30th October 2019 is Continuous Professional Day for teachers.

As a result of the above-scheduled activity which is on the 2019/2020 academic calendar, KG 1 to Primary 6 pupils will not attend school tomorrow Wednesday 30th October 2019, to enable the teachers have full day of training and professional development.”

The GES further notes that as part of its effort to improve its workforce, Continuous Professional Development has been formally adopted into the academic calendar to allow teachers upgrade themselves with the requisite knowledge and skills in the teaching profession.

The CPD, according to the Ghana Education Service will be held four times in a year and asked teachers, pupils and the general public to take note of the new development.

The GES rolled out a new educational curriculum at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year that will focus on the total development of the child and not be examination-focused, to discourage learning by rote, also known as ‘chew, pour, pass and forget.

The Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), Dr. Prince Armah, told journalists the new curriculum would shift away significantly from cognitive development to one that would nurture values and build character.

The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, on Thursday, April 11, launched the New Basic Curriculum as part of ongoing reforms in the sector.

Prof. Opoku-Amankwaah said, the Education Ministry is embarking on the reforms, particularly at the pre-tertiary level, to make education more responsive to the human resource and development needs of Ghana.

Below are the key features of the newly-introduced reforms which came into effect at the start of the new academic calendar in September:

1. At KG, the number of learning areas is to be reduced from seven (7) to four (4) which are integrated into themes. However, these will be treated with more depth.

2. At Lower and Upper Primary, the number of subjects remains the same. However, there will be fewer concepts and more in-depth treatment of concept in each subject. Further, there is greater emphasis on literacy and numeracy.   

3. Introduction of standards-based curriculum. This means that at every stage in school, a student is expected to demonstrate an understanding and mastery of knowledge and skills that they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.

4. There will be national assessments at P2, P4, and P6 to ensure that children’s performance is being tracked.

5. History of Ghana will be compulsory for each child from P1 to P6.

6. RME will be a standalone subject.

7. PE will be a standalone subject and will be taught practically

8. French will be introduced at Upper Primary

Find below the full statement from the Ghana Education Service (GES)

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