The Ministry of Education (MoE) has described as fake and unapproved an alleged Ghana Education Service and National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) new education reforms circulating on social media.
An official of the Ministry speaking to an Editorial Staff of AcademicWeek on the development said his outfit has no such plans to replace WASSCE with a university entrance examination as indicated by the new education reforms.
He also denied the claim that final-year Senior High School students who become successful or pass the replaced WASSCE for School examination will be awarded a diploma certificate instead of the usual WASSCE certificate.
MoE’s clarification comes after the purported new education reforms document said “Kindergarten, primary school, JHS, and SHS shall be described as Basic schools. JHS1,2, 3, and SHS1 shall now be referred to as BS7 to 10 respectively. Thus, SHS1 will become a basic 10.”
It also stated “all students in JHS1-SHS1 shall run a Common Core Programme called CCP which comprises subjects namely Mathematics, and Science. RME (stand-alone subjects), Physical and Health Education (Not examinable) Career Technology, Social Studies, Computing, and Creative Art and Design.”
“A new examination called National Standard Assessment Test (NSAT) shall be conducted at Primary 2,4,6 and JHS2. BECE shall be replaced by placement exams at JHS3 to enrol students into SHS1,” the document added.
“Students in SHS1 shall continue to run the Common Core Programme for one year, thus students in SHS1 shall not select Science, Business or Arts programmes. At the end of SHS1, Students shall write a Common Core Exam into SHS2
At SHS2, students will now have to select either a career-related programme which includes Vocational, Technical programmes or High School Diploma Programmes such as Science, Business or Arts,” the new reforms noted.
According to the unapproved reforms “WASSCE will be replaced by a university entrance examination at SHS3. Students after successful completion of SHS3 will be rewarded a Diploma Certificate instead of a WASSCE certificate.”