Eunice Hilda Ampomah, GNA
Accra, Aug. 15, GNA
– Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, the Director General of the Ghana Education
Service (GES) has said textbooks that are not assessed, approved and
recommended by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA),
would not be allowed in the classroom.
He explained at a
news conference organised by the GES in Accra on Thursday that until NaCCA
approved of them, they would not be used in the classroom for Basic and Senior
said it was because of the introduction of the new curriculum, the system had
moved schools from writing an objective-based to a standard-based examination
to strengthen the reading, writing, arithmetic, and creativity of the students.
He said all text
books were, therefore, meant to be officially assessed and approved by NaCCA to
make it worthy for the students to use.
GES and NaCCA, he
said, had developed training materials made up of training guides and teacher
resource packs such as sample structured lessons, sample worksheet, sample
yearly overview, sample termly scheme of work and sample weekly lesson plan.
supported by partners including Cambridge International was to equip teachers
with the requisite skills and knowledge about the new curricula and enable them
to focus on core competencies and assessment of learning.
The training plan
had 36 National Simulators and trained 186 teachers in May 2009, he said,
adding that it had also trained 3,900 Regional and District teachers in June
2019 who were expected to also train 152,000 teachers of kindergarten (KG) to
The teachers, he
said, were currently undergoing the training at 996 Cluster Centres across all
Districts and Regions.
schedule is between August 13 to 17, August 19 to 23 and August 26 to 30, 2019.
For the new
curriculum, Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said the resources provided were packs for all
teachers, training materials, set of curriculum for every school (KG and
Primary), and set of curriculum for every District and Regional Education office.
He disclosed that
the training and resources were at a total cost of GH¢26 million.
General noted that the GES had initiated the “Professional Learning Communities
(PLC)” for basic schools to enable the schools dedicate an hour of every
Wednesday to the PLC for monitoring, assessment, and evaluation of the
effectiveness and efficiency of teachers in class and at the circuit level.
With the PLC
system, teachers would undergo training within a period of an hour after
students had closed to upgrade themselves.
is the “Professional Development Days”, which would be organised once every
quarter for teachers to undergo a full day training to develop and abreast
themselves on best practices and new pedagogical skills.
disclosed that for the 2019/2020 academic year, Basic Schools would resume on
September 10, 2019, while students being promoted to third year in the Senior
High Schools would resume on August 19, 2019.
However, he said,
the date for the resumption by SHS one and two students would be announced in a