The Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, has in a short ceremony at the University of Ghana, opened a 5-Day Trainer of Trainers workshop for 6240 participants on the new curriculum named Common Core Programme (CCP) for Junior High Schools. The Greater Accra Region has about 630 participants attending.
The workshop is being organized by the Ghana Education Service in collaboration with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) at ten (10) centres spread across the country.
The Director General explained that these participants are in turn expected to train over 96,000 teachers in the respective 260 districts.
“But for the CoVID19 pandemic, this training should have been held between April and June, and we’d not have disturbed your Yuletide festivities”, the Director General said, and thanked the teachers. ”I appreciate you for turning up in your numbers at a time when you’re expected to be celebrating Christmas with your families”
Prof Opoku-Amankwa indicated that the President of the Republic, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo had earlier in one of his Covid 19 addresses to the Nation indicated that schools must prepare to re open in January 2021, “We in the Ghana Education Service must therefore hold ourselves in readiness in anticipation of Schools resumption, particularly, as we prepare to roll out the CCP curriculum under the National Pre-tertiary Curriculum Framework (NPCF)”.
The Director General further clarified that the Common Core Programme is meant to bring teaching and learning in Ghana up to speed with the new approaches in the fast changing 21st century Education.
The CCP is expected to offer more relevant, more practical and a broader opportunity to students to make informed choices for further education or to enter the world of work.
According to the Director General the Common Core Programme will run for a four year duration before students would be permitted to select elective subjects they will pursue at the Senior Secondary School level.
The Regional Director of Education for the Greater Accra Region, Madam Monica Ankrah, in her welcome address commended the participants for their massive response to the workshop invitation amidst Yuletide activities.
The Regional Director impressed upon the participants to be serious with the workshop because it’s so critical to the value chain of transferring and imparting knowledge through this Common Core to the classroom teacher.
The workshop is expected to end on Thursday December 31, 2020