Ferdinand | EducationGhana |August 30|Support for Learners: Adutwum Announces Changes to Social Studies Curriculum, Scrapping-off OWOP
The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has announced changes to the Social Studies curriculum and plans to provide more support for learners with reading challenges at the basic school level.
The Minister announced this at a teachers’ forum held at Kumasi Anglican Senior High School on Thursday, August 24, 2023. He was in attendance, along with all the major educational stakeholders in Ashanti Region.
Dr. Adutwum said that the Social Studies curriculum will be upgraded to focus more on history, geography, and general knowledge. He said that this is necessary to ensure that students have a strong foundation in these subjects.
Focused Support for Every Learner
The Minister also said that learners with reading challenges will be given special attention. He said that these learners should not be forced to learn all the subjects at once and that they should be provided with additional support.
He stressed that students facing reading challenges require specialized attention rather than an overwhelming array of subjects.
This shift in approach seeks to empower every learner, ensuring that no student is left behind.
By acknowledging and catering to individual learning needs, the education system aims to unlock the potential within each student.
Finally, Dr. Adutwum announced that the Our World and Our People (OWOP) curriculum will be scrapped. He said that this is because the curriculum repeats some of the content from the Religious and Moral Education curriculum.
This decision was motivated by the recognition that some of its content overlaps with what is already taught in the Religious and Moral Education curriculum.
This streamlining effort is aimed at optimizing students’ learning experience, allowing them to focus on diverse aspects of knowledge without unnecessary repetition.
The atmosphere at the Teachers Forum was one of excitement and optimism, with attendees expressing their enthusiasm for the progressive changes that lie ahead.
Minister Adutwum’s vision for education in the Ashanti Region resonates with the need for adaptability, relevance, and student-centricity.
As these changes take root, the region’s education system is poised to evolve into a dynamic platform that nurtures not only academic excellence but also holistic growth.
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