The Ghana Education Service (GES) has began processes to reduce the number of subjects studied at the Kindergarten, Primary and Junior High School (JHS) level.
This move, the GES said, is necessary because too many subjects were being studied and examined at the basic level making the immature children absorb technicalities of some subjects they were not ready for.
The Chairman of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Council, Mr Michael Nsowah said in an interview with graphic online, “the rationale behind the reduction of the subjects was the realisation that too many subjects were being studied and examined at the basic educational level for children.”
“Why do we think that children must learn all these subjects before they enter secondary school? In fact, there are certain knowledge areas which must wait until a child is mature so that they would be able to absorb the technicalities of those knowledge areas better,” he said.
He said there was the need to identify key knowledge areas that were important in the lives of children because when those areas were firmly established, they would be familiar with them as they grew up.
In reducing the subjects, he said some aspects of certain subjects would be consolidated with others.
“I know some people complain that the GES is going to do away with some subject areas. We are not throwing away anything, we would consolidate some knowledge areas that are relevant and worthwhile,” he explained.
Now, basic schools in the country could study lesser number of subjects from the next academic year, GES hinted.
It said that the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has been tasked to carry out the review with a view to reducing them.
“The NCCA has been tasked to review the number of subjects, the content and the structure of basic school curriculum. It is as a result of this that the proposal to reduce the subjects has been based on,” Mr Michael Nsowah, .
He said after the basic school level, the exercise would be extended to the senior high school level, especially with regard to the elective subjects.
The National Council for Curriculum Assessment is one of the three bodies established under the Education Act 778 (2008), as part of efforts to ensuring greater efficiency and strategic management of education delivery in the country.
It was set up to handle the process of determining the goals, aims and structure of courses at the various levels of pre-tertiary education.