The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) following the introduction of the Standards-Based Curriculum (SBC) has met with 7 Private School Associations to discuss issues regarding the purchase of textbooks.
Mr John Mensah, the Acting Director-General for NaCCA at the meeting to address issues of the use of textbooks in support of the new curriculum said the nature of textbooks used in schools impacts learning outcomes.
The Acting Director-General disclosed that upon the introduction of the Standards-Based Curriculum in September 2019, the National Council since March 2020 has approved over 1,200 books in all the SBC learning areas.
The Private School Associations after their enquiry on National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) textbook assessment and approval process were taken through the five main stages of the textbook approval process.
John Mensah explained to them that NaCCA’s mandate does not engage in the production of textbooks, but assesses and approves textbooks developed by publishers for use by learners and teachers at the pre-tertiary level.
Among other issues discussed at the meeting held on September 8, 2021, the School Associations and NaCCA also talked about how they could collaborate better to curb the use of unapproved textbooks in the school system.
The NaCCA Acting Director-General also cautioned private schools to refrain from using Common Core Programme (CCP) curriculum for instructions, which is yet to be rolled out progressively for the 2021/2022 academic year.
“Sensitise your members to desist from the practice, as it creates unintended problems for the country’s school system and policymakers who man it,” the NaCCA official told the Associations at the stakeholders meeting.
He reiterated that National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) doors are always open to private school associations, as they remain important stakeholders in improving learning outcomes in our school system.