Education reforms are supposed to address socio-cultural problems


Mr John Mensah, the Headmaster of Mama Jane International School has urged education planners and policy-makers to ensure that the reforms they introduce will address socio-cultural challenges of society and the country.

He said the reforms should also be sustainable to inculcate desirable cultural values in the beneficiaries such as the spirit of patriotism.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment has been tasked to review the number of subjects, the content and the structure of basic school curriculum.

Mr Mensah gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at the school’s premises at Kasoa Adam Nana in the Awutu Senya East Municipality of the Central Region.

He said the educational reforms being carried out from time to time by successive governments should have enduring feature for collective national vision.

He called on the Council to have broader consultation with stakeholders to give the exercise a fair reflection of constructive views that would help arrive at a consensus.

Mr Mensah said he was elated when a student of the school, Master Safana Muhaymine Guro received the Municipal Chief Executive Award during this year’s Independency Day celebrations.

Master Guro was the first-ever overall best candidate among six others in the Awutu Senya East Municipality in the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Explaining the junior high school (JHS) concept, Mr Mensah said, the system was to equip the child with basic problem-solving and critical thinking skills, relevant to nation-building.

He said, however, the concept has been lost, with the JHS level resigned to only preparatory stage for the senior high school (SHS).

Mr Mensah said measures being adopted now should include a strong linkage between the JHS and the SHS so that at any point a beneficiary of the reforms could be useful to fit into society to contribute to national development in some form.

He welcomed the coming reforms, saying it would go a long way to produce well-rounded students and promote civic consciousness among students.

Speaking on the challenges faced by the school, Mr Mensah mentioned bad state of roads in the area, making accessibility to the school difficult.

He said sanitation had been another matter and called on the Assembly to wake up to its responsibilities by addressing the issues.

“The school organizes periodic clean up exercises to contribute their quota to minimizing the menace of filth,” adding that the assembly

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