As Ghanaian primary schools prepare to run a new curriculum this academic year, Mr. Divine Kpe said he hopes the curriculum addresses the skill gap that currently exists between education in Ghana and the 21st century’s place of work, life, and society.
According to him, the current curriculum has outlived its usefulness for many years ago and what students are currently learning is unrelated to what is happening in the real world. Mr. Divine Kpe was speaking in an interview with Radio Univers on what his expectation is about on the new curriculum.
“This curriculum has outlived its usefulness for so long. According to the international standard by the International Bureau of Education – UNESCO, the curriculum must be reviewed every five years. However, the last time we did was about a decade ago. A decade ago, the world moved on, and new things are happening in the world of work, society, and even in our personal lives, and the current curriculum has no provision for such things. We are talking about a world that is at the early stage of the 4th Industrial Revolution, where AI is disrupting a whole lot of things so you can’t use this curriculum if you want to catch up with the world,” he said.
He also added that the new curriculum must be able to develop the students’ 4C skills – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. “These skills are so needed in today’s world. And in a world where violence and intolerance are on the increase, the curriculum should also focus on helping the learners develop some essential soft skills such as empathy, kindness, and tolerance,” he mentioned.
He, however, expressed worry over the increase in the number of subjects from eight to eleven. “My worry is the increase in subjects. Eleven; from eight. That is too many. I was hoping it would have been reduced to five or six, and when I did my analysis, truly, we can have six subjects because some of the new subjects are just duplication. Six subjects would have allowed the teacher and the students to have time for what we call reflective learning (which is the actual moment learning takes place) other than they rushing from a subject to subject,” he noted.
The new curriculum for the primary schools will be in effect from this September, the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year.