Executive Secretary to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Dr. Prince Armah has argued that infrastructure development cannot translate into an improved educational system unless accompanied with a strategic educational reform that would inculcate into students, the relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Dr Armah says investment made by both government, parents, guardians and all meaning stakeholders must result into building capacities required by a nation for it’s development.
In his speech as guest speaker for a graduation ceremony for the Woodbridge International school in Kwesiminstim Takoradi, Dr Prince Armah indicated that, the government of Ghana, through the ministry of education and its allied agencies including the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, has undertaken some reforms in educational curriculum at the basic schools to reflect on global standards. He added that several Reformation policies and programmes are in the process to enhance education at all levels.
He however emphasised that these initiatives taken by government are without any political motives.
“Let me assure you that, the reforms are not meant to score some political points but are informed above all by the welfare of the Ghanaian child and the need to provide them with the system of education that is comparable to best practices all over the world. They are a careful intentional set of initiatives that has been widely consulted on and designed to stand the test of time” he said.
Dr Armah continued that “they are not mere cosmetic modifications but through the fundamental changes from the classroom right to the education office, and anyone who has taken the trouble to properly observe and understand will know that the purpose of these reforms are nationalistic in character rooted in expert and technical knowledge and insight”
He stressed that a thorough yet definite action is out in place to monitor and evaluate the outcome.
“Under this curriculum, there will be clear outcomes against which the progress of pupil will be measured and problems if identified will be measured through targeted instruction, the administrative reforms led by the Ghana education service will see a broad decentralisation of the education policy and oversight with power being divulged to the district offices to ensure closer oversight, monitoring and evaluation” Dr Prince Armah clarified.