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Government to shift the structure & content of education system – Ken Ofori-Atta

Government to shift the structure & content of education system - Ken Ofori-AttaAddressing Parliament in his maiden budget statement in Parliament on Thursday, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta said the change in the education system would be done over the medium term.

Government aims to shift the structure and content of the education system away from merely passing examinations to building character, nurturing values and raising literate citizens.

Such citizens would also be trained to be confident and engage in critical thinking, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance, has said.

He said presently, basic education consisting of two years kindergarten, six years primary and three years junior high school was not adequate since it neither equipped the child with the requisite knowledge and skills to face the world of work nor did it empower the child to deal with the challenges of the global competitive economy.

“To improve the quality and relevance of education, and further make the products of our school system competitive, government will review the basic level curriculum to focus on the four R’s (reading, writing, arithmetic and recreation to include life skills and creative skills)”.

He said government also intended to ensure that all children had those basic skills when they exited the primary school system.

In addition, government would embark upon the equipping of five technical universities and 10 technical institutes, he said.

He said government would fully restore the payment of teacher trainee allowances, effective September 2017, to make colleges of education freely accessible to all eligible students and train teachers to drive the programme.

“Provision had been made in the 2017 budget to pay allowances to all 43,570 trainees in the 43 public colleges of education,” the Minister said.

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