Discourses on the education ministry’s new curricula for schools are becoming interesting, as facts on the ground indicate that the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is not forthcoming with the truth.
The impression NAGRAT succeeded in creating that curriculum for all levels of education has been completed is absolutely false.
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) has only finished working on curriculum for KG1 to Primary Schools Class Six.
Even with that, Cabinet must approve it before it can be used at the KG and Primary School levels.
According to the chairman of the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA), Professor K. O. Kwarteng, there will be a presentation to Cabinet before it would be approved.
It is therefore wrong for anybody to suggest that new curricula for all levels of education have been designed to be rolled out soon.
According to Prof. Kwarteng, steps towards curricula for Junior and Senior High Schools would commence very soon to be completed in September, this year.
By September, training of teachers for the new curricula will be completed on the KG1 to Primary 6,he said.
He told The Inquisitor, via mobile phone, yesterday that issues about consultation were nonstarters because “there were and are broad consultations on the development of the new curricula.”
Prof. Kwarteng said that it was not true NAGRAT and, for that matter, other groups were not consulted for the development of the new curricula for schools.
Various unions, teachers from KG, Primary, secondary school teachers, university lecturers and people with diverse backgrounds in education were approached for the whole exercise, he said.
According to him, proposals and inputs were requested and demanded from stakeholders, but some of them, including NAGRAT, never submitted their inputs.
NaCCA is dealing with diverse groups without consideration of political, ethnic or any other background, so it is wrong for anyone to scream that he or she was left out in the process, he asserted.
As we are talking now, I am at stakeholders’ meeting for mid-Ghana in Kumasi and we have all unions, including NAGRAT, here, Prof. Kwarteng said.
The vice president of NAGRAT, Jacob Anaaba,was entangled in a web of huge lies, with a claim that the members of the association had been excluded from discussions on the new curricula to be introduced at the basic education level.
According to Mr. Anaaba, the input of NAGRAT members was not sought prior to the formulation of the new policy, which comes into effect in the 2019/2020 academic year.
The NAGRAT vice president told Joy Fm that NAGRAT was not consulted by the Ministry of Education before the review of the new standard based curriculum.
It is turning out that NAGRAT was heavily involved in stakeholders meetings and its members were present at a major stakeholder meeting held on May 3, 2018.
The meeting, which was held at the hostel of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), had Mr. Eric A. Carbonu, President of NAGRAT, in attendance. Other NAGRAT members who attended the meeting were Mr. Isaac Lamptey and Madam Harriet K. Annan.
It is not clear whether Mr. Carbonu was aware of the lies that his vice churned out on Joy Fm.