The Chairman of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), Prof Kwame Osei Kwarteng has debunked claims that the government has removed Social Studies from the basic school curriculum.
His comment comes after the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mrs Josephine Nkrumah at a conference of the association of social studies called for the return of the subject in schools.
“Social Studies is the heartbeat of humanity. You cannot take that away. So there is no reason why Social studies should be scrapped in any shape or form on this earth,” Ms Nkrumah said at the Social Studies National Conference.
But, the Chairman of the NaCCA Prof Kwame Osei Kwarteng reacting to the comment of the NCCE chairperson said the said subject has not been scrapped as she indicated at the conference held at the University of Education, Winneba.
Speaking in an interview with 3FM on Monday monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, the NaCCA official said the NCCE Chairman was not well briefed before making the comment at the conference of the social association.
He told 3FM’s Dzifa Bampoh, that before the recent education reforms, there were no social studies at all until the introduction of a new innovative subject called our world our people, which is more expansive than social studies.
“She was just throwing dust into the eyes of Ghanaians. I must also hasten to add that perhaps, she didn’t prepare well, she was not seized with the facts before going out to deliver that paper at the conference,” Prof Osei Kwame stated.
“There was nothing like social studies at KG and from Primary 1 to Primary 6. There were no social studies, we thought that there was a need for social studies and we introduced a programme called ‘Our world, and Our People’.
JHS1 to JHS 3, they have social studies, we have developed social studies curricula for that matter so I don’t get where the chairperson was coming, we haven’t changed anything,” the chairman of the Curriculum Council added.