A Reform Secretariat has been formed at the Ministry of Education to ensure that all the agencies and bodies directly in charge of the various reforms taking place in the Education Sector are working accordingly and within the timelines given.
Today I met with these reform owners to reiterate how important it is for them to carry out their mandates in order for the government to achieve its aim of bringing education to date with the 21st century as well as guaranteeing access and quality in all levels of education.
The reform owners include the Ghana Education Service (GES), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), the National Accreditation Board (NAB), the Center For National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS), the National Inspectorate Board (NIB), Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) among many others.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) will henceforth work assiduously to transform itself into a learning organisation that prioritises learning outcomes in schools above all others. Because of this renewed vision, GES will be undertaking massive structural changes, with the aim of accelerating its efficiency as the largest employer in Ghana.
I also charged the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) to rollout the new curriculum for Kindergarten to Primary 6 by the next academic year, with the new curriculum for JHS and SHS to follow latest by the following academic year. The reformation of the curricula for our schools has been pending for over a decade and it is time to move the country further. The new curricula will challenge pupils and students to think logically, become more of problem solvers than question answerers as well as instilling patriotism in them through the introduction of history as a core subject. Coding and Information Communication Technology will also be introduced in the early grades to harness technical skills potentials in our children at a young age.
I made all the agencies present aware that the reforms belong to them and that the Reform Secretariat was a system that was set up to provide technical, research and training support among other catalytic roles. The agencies are therefore directly responsible for the reforms taking place and will be held responsible for any eventualities.