Minister inaugurates Council for pre-tertiary

naana jane opoku-agyemangProfessor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education, has inaugurated a 21-member National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

She charged members to immediately carry out a general assessment of the curricular at the pre-tertiary level, towards reviewing the syllabi of the various subjects.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang said what was of particular interest to government, was the syllabus for the teaching and learning of languages, mathematics, science and general reading literacy.

The Minister said in pursuit of these, the Council would be expected to, as soon as possible, review the criteria for the appointment of members of syllabus panels, and assess the process for selecting teaching and learning materials for the basic and secondary levels.

The NCCA is one of the three bodies established under the Education Act 778 (2008), as part of efforts to ensuring greater efficiency and strategic management of education delivery in the country.

It was set up to handle the process of determining the goals, aims and structure of courses at the various levels of pre-tertiary education.

The New Council is under the Chairmanship of Prof Jophus Anamuah-Mensah.

The Education Minister expressed optimism that the Council would deliver on its mandate, and consequently show evidence with improvement in learning outcomes for all types of learners at the pre-tertiary level of education.

She said the Council would serve as a driving force for sustaining quality education at the pre-tertiary level, which was a key stage in the academic experiences of young learners.

She, therefore, tasked the Council members to take steps to rebrand education at the pre-tertiary level, in order to raise confidence in the system.

She said government had introduced people-friendly policies, and they had contributed to increasing access to education as well as tracking some of the endemic challenges to education development, such as improving time on task.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang also tasked the members to recommend the number of core and elective subjects, as well as new ones, as they become necessary for the educational system.

They are also to review periodically and make recommendations on the linkages between tertiary and pre-tertiary education, after consultation with the Minister, the National Council for Tertiary Education, the National Accreditation Board, and any other relevant organisation or Agency, among others.

Prof Anamuah-Mensah expressed deep appreciation for the confidence and trust reposed in them by the President and the Minister, to serve in the Council and to see to the proper re-shaping of pre-tertiary education in the country.

He said under his leadership and with the members, the NCCA was poised to change the status quo, because all the members were people who could re-focus education at the pre-tertiary level.

He said people were complaining about the quality of education at this level, so the Ministry was looking up to the NCCA to bring about some changes, and gave the assurance that they were up to the task.

Prof Anamuah-Mensah supported the reviewing of the curriculum, especially Science, Mathematics, and other areas that would bring transformation in education and for the future development of the country, adding that, with the WAEC being part of the team, they would work to turn things around.

He said the team, with the support from the Ministry, would interact with various individuals, as well as the Ministry, to come out with decisions that would help create the road map for the needed transformation to take place.

He was also grateful to the old Council members for their hard work, and gave the assurance to continue from where they left off. GNA

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