A purported document classified as the new educational reforms has disclosed final year Senior High School (SHSs) students will soon sit for the university entrance test instead of the WASSCE for School conducted by WAEC.
According to the document, prospective secondary school students after the university test will be given a diploma certificate rather than the usual West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) certificate.
It also indicated first-year Senior High School students will continue to run a common core programme for one year without elective subjects, such as Science, Business or any Arts programme until they are in their second year.
“Graduating to Senior High School two (2) from Senior High School one (1) will however be done through another Common Core entrance examination,” the purported document stated as quoted by thebftonline.com.
The document added, “at SHS2, students will have to select either a career-related programme that includes vocational and technical programmes, or high school diploma elective programmes such as science, business and the arts.”
“Kindergarten, primary, Junior High School and Senior High Schools will all be described as basic schools, with JHS 1,2,3 and SHS1 being referred to as BS 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively – meaning SHS1 will now be called BS10,” it noted.
It further indicated students in JHS1-SHS1 will run Common Core Programme which comprises 9 subjects: Math, Languages, Science, RME, Physical and Health Career Technology, Social Studies, Computing and Creative Art/Design.
According to the document, a National Standardised Assessment Test will be administered at Primary 2, 4, 6 and JHS2, with the Basic Education Certificate Exams being replaced by placement exams at JHS3 to enrol pupils into SHS1.
In a related story, the Director-General for Quality and Access of the Ghana Education Service has said the new semester system introduced in the 2022 calendar for public schools will be used in subsequent academic years.
Dr Kwabena Bempah Tandoh speaking on the Citi Breakfast show monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said the two-term system will help reduce pressure on teachers, decongest the various schools, and help align academic calendars.
“This is because the three-term system in the basic schools overlaps with the university system. We are giving teachers the time, by aligning their system with the university systems to upgrade if need be,” he told Accra-based media.