BECE is no more a mode of certification – Finance Minister

Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister

The 2017 budget, which is the first budget of the second NPP government has given a hint on how the administration wants to restructure the current education system in Ghana.

The Finance Minister said on Thursday, that “Government aims is to shift the structure and content of Ghana’s education system away from merely passing examinations to building character, nurturing values and raising literate, confident and engaged citizens who can think critically”.

He also said to realise this dream, “Government will redefine basic education to include secondary education, covering technical, vocational and agricultural education. As part of this initiative, Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) will be used as a tool for placement of students into second cycle schools and not for certification”.

Over the years many education experts and some well-meaning Ghanaians who have had the opportunity to educate themselves outside the country have bemoaned the current basic education system in the country. The current system they say, encourages students to only memorise concepts and pour them during examination, without teaching them how to think critically thereby making them lack innovative skills.

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The Minister also disclosed that, in order to improve the quality and relevance of education, and further make the products of the school system competitive, the government will review the Basic level curriculum to focus on the four R’s (Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic and Recreation. It will also focus on educating children on life skills and creative skills.

He added that government intends to ensure that all  children have these basic skills when they exit the Primary School system.

**Mpactglobal: Magdalene Ntiamoah

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