We are bothered about why the minister of education has not made any public pronouncement about the distribution of textbooks-IFEST
Executive Director of Institute of Education Studies (IFEST), Peter Partey Anti has expressed his worry about the silence of the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum over the distribution of textbooks to schools across the country following the failure of the Ministry of Education, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) and the Ghana Education Service introduced a new curriculum commonly known as the common core programme without providing organizing training workshop for teachers and also without distributing textbooks.
Speaking to the media, he indicated that those in the Junior High School (JHS) one cannot go through the old curriculum after exhausting the period of 8 weeks for recovery learning as GES directed previously. He wondered what teachers were going to be teaching these students because they went through the new standard-based curriculum at the primary level and are supposed to continue in their new class. These students are back to the old curriculum after being introduced to the new one in primary six and this is not wholesome
“What is even more alarming is that those in JHS one cannot go through the old curriculum and I keep asking myself what are we teaching them because they went through the new curriculum at basic six and technically at JHS one, they are supposed to be introduced to the new curriculum and not go back to the old one that was in the system”, he lamented.
He said the minister may be working underground to get the challenge curtailed but he indicated that it is bestowed on him as the person manning the affairs of education in the country to publicly declare his status about the distribution of textbooks to the general public and other education stakeholders.
He however congratulated the Ghana Education Service for the smooth running of the 2020 Computerized School and Selection Placement System (CSSPS) as there were no issues detected as compared to the previous years.