Ghana needs 6 years of secondary school to fully groom students. This is the latest statement by the Minister for Education.
The Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutuwm has indicated that the country needs to have six years of secondary school. In his view, this was the sure way for the country to develop critical thinkers who can help solve problems.
Dr. Adutuwm made this know when he inaugurated a 14-member ministerial advisory board to advise the Ministry on policy formation and proffer ideas to operationalize the country’s transformation agenda in the educational system.
The minister furthered that, the government has shown the will and leadership to transform the education system of the country through the building of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) schools.
Secondary school education and the number of years candidates spend at that level before entering the university or colleges in Ghana have been determined by politicians based on their stand and what they deem good for the country.
This, he added, is why the country needs six years of secondary school to adequately prepare kids for postsecondary study.
Currently, Ghana’s education structure from basic school to the university is a 6-3-4-4 System. This means children spend 6 years in Primary School, 3 years at the Junior Secondary/High School level followed by another 3 years at the Senior Secondary School and finally 4 years for a University Bachelor’s Degree.
Under former President Kuffour, Senior High School entrants 2007- 2009 studied for 4 years. This was reversed to 3 years under the NDC. Today the three years of SHS is assumed to be just 2.5 years.
The minister’s statement that 6 years of secondary education is needed to fully groom students is yet to be given the needed attention.