The Government of Ghana (GoG) is considering reducing the number of public Senior High Schools in the country from the current number to about 2,500, the Minister for Education, Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum disclosed on Tuesday.
The limitation, the Education Minister said follows the central government plans to define the true meaning of Junior Secondary Education by equipping it to have similar experience and character as a Senior Secondary School.
Hon Yaw Adutwum speaking to the media on Tuesday said the move forms part of the government efforts to transform the country’s secondary education with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
“That facilities we are providing is just like any high school facility and every one of these schools has library, biology, chemistry and physics lab. Beautiful school buildings and they are coming to a community near you very soon
“In 2023 when we open those schools you are going to see how we are going to provide six years quality secondary education and not three years plus some 3 years old middle school-led education that we call high school,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the Spokesman for the Ministry of Education (MoE) Mr Kwesi Kwarteng has denied local media reports indicating secondary school education effective 2023 will be extended from the usual 3 years to 6 years.
“Dr Adutwum only spoke about strengthening the existing 6-year secondary school system(based on the 1987 Educational Reform; of 3 years of JHS and 3 years SHS) by resourcing the neglected lower secondary (JHS)
This he said means after 3 years of JHS and 3 years of SHS, secondary school graduates will have an experience of a true 6-year secondary school system introduced by the 1987 education reform,” the MoE Public Relations Officer said.
Mr Yaw Opoku Mensah, the Deputy Spokesperson for the Education Ministry in line with Mr Kwesi Kwarteng in a social media post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh also said Senior High School remains 3 years and not 6 years.
“Senior High School remains 3 years and not 6 years as some media houses seek to broadcast. Our secondary education system spans from 3 years of Junior High school then transits to a 3 year Senior High School,” he noted.
The MoE spokesman explained that “we will then have a full 6 years of Secondary Education System made up of 3 years Junior Secondary and 3 years Senior Secondary with similar experience and characteristics befitting of its value.”