The Ghana Education Service (GES) has introduced the Common Core Programme for JHS1-SHS1 students with that of Basic 7 in progress.
Interestingly, the 2020 BECE graduates will be the first batch of students to start the CCP at the SHS level.
The programme will run for one year and will help prepare learners for their career path.
The learners will combine the already achieved behavioural enhancement which mostly deals with the cognitive aspect with hands-on practical training into any chosen discipline from JHS1 to JHS 3. The CPP is expected to be gradually scaled up to those in SHS 1 after its introduction at the basic school level.
Common Core Programme for SHS1
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At SHS 1, graduates of basic school will study the common core programmes for another one year. After this, they will be required to choose programmes to learn towards their elective career paths from SHS 2 until they complete their secondary education.
The curriculum is designed with the aim of preparing students for post-secondary education or the world of work or both.
Things To Note About The Common Core Programme For SHS1 Students
The Common Core Programme (CCP) is a 4-yr programme. SHS 1 students will study 9 subjects which include; Maths, Languages, Sciences (embodying both the Natural and Applied Sciences), RME, Physical and Health Education, Career Technology, Social Studies, Computing, Creative Arts, and Design.
Students, after studying under the CCP are expected to acquire 6 key competencies. Among the competencies include critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
When SHS1 students are ready for progression into SHS 2, they will take an exam (Common Core Exams). The examination will serve as a guide for the students to choose courses they want to pursue.
The courses chose will lead to a High School Diploma Programme (HSDP) or Career-related Programme (CRP). The programme chosen by the students from point 5 above will be studied from SHS 2 – 3.
What are the anticipated benefits of the Common Core Programme and the new SHS system?
There are very well articulated reasons for the introduction of the new Common Core Programme.
These include the following:
It is designed to build character and nurture values in students. Again, it will offer students a seamless progression from JHS to SHS. Students will have a clear pathway for academic and career-related programmes.
The CCP is also expected to help deal with challenges confronting Ghana’s current school system in relation to learning and assessment.
When fully implemented, it will promote better High School education that meets the varied learning needs of young people in Ghana.
The Common Core Programme has prospects and can change the face of Ghana’s education system if the implementation is done properly.
Sadly, we are already practising the implementation of the programme with the Basic 7 students without training for teachers and the needed teaching and learning materials.
There are basic schools in Ghana that take part ICT during the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) but have never set an eye on a computer. Studying the yet-to-be-introduced CCP, it’s mainly IT-oriented but we have schools that can’t boast of a single computer.
Will the Programme be implemented without these basic teaching and learning materials? The programme won’t achieve it’s goals and objectives then.
This approach only makes our students in JHS1 and those getting ready for SHS1 trial elements in the implementation of the programme.