The management of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) effective next academic year says it will withdraw the Our World Our People (OWOP) subject for basic schools from the Standards-Based Curriculum.
In a statement shared with AcademicWeek, NaCCA ” Management of the Council has decided to withdraw the subject “Our World Our People from the Standards-Based curriculum. This will take effect from the next academic year.”
The Curriculum Council giving reason for the withdrawal of the OWOP subject said it has reviewed and compared the Religious and Moral Education (RME) and Our World and Our People and noticed both subjects have similarities.
“NaCCA has done a critical review and comparison of the Religious and Moral Education and Our World and Our People. Our review of both curricula indicates similar sub-strands and focal areas, indicating similarities
The situation amounts to a repetition of knowledge between both curricula. Beyond this, we have received feedback from teachers expressing similar observations made by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment,” it said.
According to NaCCA, withdrawal of the OWOP will help enrich the Standard-Based Curriculum Ghana has adopted and enable learners to understand the curriculum since facilitators will now be able to focus on the individual strands as captured in the Religious and Moral Education.
In a related development, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), starting from the Greater Accra region has begun inspection of textbooks used in public and private basic schools across the country.
The textbook inspection according to the Council for Curriculum and Assessment is to verify whether the textbooks being used were approved and in line with the Council’s new curriculum, the Standard-Based Education curriculum.
The Director-General of the Assessment and Curriculum said they would continue the visits and sensitisation to other schools and bookshops to enable them to detect and do away with unauthorised textbooks in the system.
He said the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment is working to avoid sole authorship of textbooks in the country, saying, that for textbooks to be enriched, they needed to have three or more authors in addition to contributions.
The NaCCA official added that Parliament would soon pass their Legislative Instrument which would enable them to proffer sanctions against textbook publishers or those who published unauthorised textbooks for sale in the open market.