The education system in Ghana has taken a new turn as the Ghana Education Service (GES) in collaboration with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) has introduced a new curriculum at both the basic school level and the senior high school level.
However, NaCCA in a press statement clarifying the introduction of the new curriculum at the SHS, indicated that learners will continue to write examinations at the end of JHS 3 for placement into senior high schools. It additionally revealed that in the next phase of the curriculum and assessment review, NaCCA in conjunction with other key stakeholders will review the curriculum for SHS 2 and 3 as well as the associated provisions.
A statement sighted by Listengh.net indicates that Basic school now starts from Junior High School (JHS) to Senior High School One (SHS 1). JHS 1, JHS 2, JHS 3, and SHS 1 will be called Basic 7, Basic 8, Basic 9 and Basic 10 respectively.
In relation to the types of examination to be undertaken at the various levels, JHS 1 to SHS will write the Common Core Programme (CCP) exams, Primary 2, 4, 6 and JHS 2 will write a National Standards Assessment Test (NSAT) whereas the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will be replaced by university entrance exams.
Meanwhile, SHS 2 and 3 will pick a career-related course and will graduate with a diploma instead of a certificate.