Details of the new 6-years secondary Education proposal Drops, check details here.

 The government’s intention extend secondary education to 6 years which is laudable has either been misinterpreted.

The idea of ensuring that secondary education is 6 years has been interpreted by many to mean 6 years Senior High school education. There is a big difference making secondary education 6 years and making senior high school education 6 years.

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The 6 years secondary proposal related to making education 6 years( JHS to SHS) combined as SHS and not keep students at the basic schools for another 3 years after basic 6.

It will interest you as a reader to know that, across Africa, Ghana is the only country with a 3 years secondary education which is not helping our learners.

Nigeria has a 6 years secondary education. All other countries have 5 and 7 years secondary education in Africa. This is a clear indication that Ghana’s current structure has a problem.

This is one of the reasons why candidates put forth for the WASSCE each year by Nigerians perform cumulatively far better than Ghana since they have six years to prepare for the WASSCE. Note that six years secondary education does not mean 3 years JHS plus 6 years SHS.

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Per the current system, we compel learners in SHS to crump so much of the same curriculum in 3 years, whilst Nigerians will take 6 years to study the curriculum.The extra three remaining years of secondary education has been shifted to Junior High School where the learners are compelled to learn the basic curriculum hence when they get to the secondary school proper, they will have less than 3 years to cover the curriculum for the WASSCE.

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An IMF conditionality led to the cutting down costs on education at the secondary level effective in the 1990’s. It led to the current three years of secondary education. Ghana had to alter its seven years secondary education system to meet the IMF conditions to cut down expenditure on education, which brought us to where we are today. The seven years education system Ghana altered covered from  form 1 to form 5 from the upper six.

The reality is that Ghana currently has a six years secondary education, which is been split into three years at the Junior High School level and another two and half to three years at the senior High school. The remaining one year of the 7 years was thrown away. Technically, the Junior High school system is not part of secondary education in Ghana but part of the basic school, for which reason the JHS is located at the premises of basic schools.

For the current JHS to be converted back to secondary education to make secondary education six years, the JHS must be moved to the Senior High schools in Ghana, which will place their management and students under the Senior High school leadership. 

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If this new secondary education reform sees the light of the day, the current SHS curriculum will have to be altered again to reflect the new 6 years secondary education proposal.

This will pave way for the Ghana to start the new six years programme. However, this will be piloted to measure its effectiveness in some selected schools ahead of nationwide implementation. To ensure the success of the introduction of the 6 years program, the government and the policy makers will have a deal with systemic challenges.

The government is considering several alternatives per the information available, the government plans to build one modern JHS for every 12 basic schools within a given catchment area. These new modern JHS will have  modern science labs and IT related resources. This means after basic school, learners will have to proceed to the new Junior High Schools and not the current ones located in the basic schools.

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Also, the government seeks to ensure that these modern JHS benefits from the school management system of the nearest SHS’s science and IT labs among others. One easy approach to this will mean building the JHS, which will become part of the secondary education within an SHS premises. This will mean there is no longer for the need for BECE.

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