NaCCA engages the National House of Chiefs on the Draft Secondary Education Curriculum

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment(NaCCA), on the 3rd of March 2023, engaged the National House of Chiefs (NHC) on the Draft Secondary Education Curriculum. This forms part of the institution’s strategy in ensuring the revised SHS curriculum reflected the voices and aspirations of all Ghanaians. NaCCA’s delegation was ably led by its Director-General Prof. Edward Appiah; Akwasi AddaeBoahene (Chief Technical Advisor, T-TEL); Prof. Eric Ananga (Curriculum Advisor); and Reginald Quartey (Acting Director, Curriculum Development, NaCCA). The engagement session took place at the NHC’s Secretariat in Kumasi. NaCCA’s entourage was warmly received by the President of the August House of Chiefs Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II. The technical team made several presentations on various aspects of the draft Curriculum to the eminent Chiefs. It included the global trends and outlooks necessitating the review of Secondary Education in Ghana. In addition, it highlighted the inclusive approach that was adopted in the revision process. The presentation further highlighted the design, structure and contents of the draft curriculum, which respond to the demands of the 21st Century education. On the part of the eminent Chiefs, they applauded NaCCA for finding it worthy to consult them on a national issue of importance such as this. They were impressed with the developmental model focused on knowledge and skills acquisition- with greater emphasis on practical education and less on rote memorisation. To them, the inculcation of shared national values into the curriculum will help restore Ghanaian identity, promote patriotism, deepen social cohesion and stability and help build a country we can all be proud of. In addition, they raised some concerns for NaCCA’s consideration to support the curriculum finalisation and implementation efforts: teacher preparedness, teaching and learning materials (TLMs) and alterations based on political interferences. To this end, the House of Chiefs pledged their unwavering support to be worthy ambassadors of the Secondary Education Curriculum. NaCCA assured the eminent House of Chiefs of manifestly reflecting these lucid suggestions and recommendations made by them in the finalised document before submission to Cabinet for approval