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Social Studies not scrapped – Education Ministry

Some of the Social Studies teachers

The Ministry of Education has debunked allegations that Social Studies has been scrapped from the basic school curriculum.

The National Social Studies Association (NaSSA) in a press conference threatened to march to the seat of government over the issue.

But speaking exclusively to 3news.com, the Public Relations Officer for the Ministry, Ekow Vincent Assafuah, stressed that Social Studies has not been scrapped.

He said stakeholders engagement is still in progress towards the second phase of the curriculum.

According to him, the new pre–tertiary curriculum review process is in two phases.

The first phase comprises kindergarten (KG) to primary school while the second phase focuses on Junior High School (JHS) and senior high School (SHS).

“Social Studies had never been part of the kindergarten and primary education in the country,” he stressed.

He also mentioned that teachers are undergoing training to adequately prepare them teach the new curriculum.

“Currently as I speak, training has started in all the districts that are training the teachers, so teachers who are supposed to implement the new curriculum in September, 2019 have already started going through the teaching.”

He added that the training started at the national level with 186 trainers.

Others will be trained at the district level. He said over 2,000 trainers are currently training teachers across the country.

Mr. Assafuah urged the agitated teachers to send their concerns to the respective stakeholders if there is any.

“The stakeholder engagement with regard to the second phase is still ongoing. Thus the JHS and SHS curriculum might be completed next year, 2020.”

By Juliet Etefe|3news.com|Ghana

 

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