The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service(GES), Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwah has disclosed that the new textbooks on the Standard Based Curriculum for Kindergarten(KG) and Primary Schools will be ready for use in the 2022 academic year.
The new curriculum which seeks to equip learners with practical skills was implemented at the start of the 2019/20 academic year in September. But textbooks based on the new curriculum has not been available for teachers to use since the commencement of the program.
Ghanaians have criticised the GES for introducing such a new curriculum without the necessary books to aid teaching and learning in the various schools in the country.
However, speaking at a press conference on Thursday, August 26, 2021, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwah admitted that there had been delays in the supply of textbooks for the new Standard Based Curriculum for pupils in KG to Primary Six.
“In anticipation of the delays, the Ministry of Education and the GES developed, trained and distributed Teachers’ Resource Pack for each grade level and subjects for all 150,000 plus KG One to primary six teachers.
“Procurement processes have commenced and it is expected that the books will be available for use next academic year,” Prof Opoku-Amankwa assured the general public.
He explained that the Teachers’ Resource Pack was designed with enough teaching materials to serve as a stop-gap measure, while the textbooks were printed.
The KG and Primary Schools are left with the third term to end the 2021 academic year.