Teachers in the public basic schools across the country have been thrown into a state of confusion after some districts in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions have allegedly rescheduled the duration for the Workshop on the New Curriculum to a week.
According to some districts in the Ashanti Region, the Ghana Education Service has directed them to rescheduled and compress the entire training into one Cohort of Five Days.
In this regard, teachers from the Kindergarten to Basic Six, including head teachers are expected to take part in the workshop which has been rescheduled for August 13 to 17, 2019.
In the Eastern Region, the Municipal /District Directors who supposedly met with the Regional Education Director have also rescheduled the workshop to one week.
With this, the workshop is expected to run concurrently in all centres from 13th to 17th August, 2019.
Teachers from such districts circulated the information to other teachers whose districts has not rescheduled their meeting days as being speculated.
Teachers questioned the decision for the continuous rescheduling of their workshop which many believed might be due to financial challenges being faced by the Ghana Education Service.
Meanwhile, the workshop is expected to begin August 13 to August 30 as earlier scheduled since the Ghana Education Service is yet to officially come out to debunk the alleged rumors.
If the Ghana Education Service does not ensure a smooth training session for teachers and if teachers do not grasp the essential knowledge and skills they are expected to acquire after the training session, the effective implementation of the new syllabus will be hampered.
Private schools are yet to know their fate if the above is true however, the amount private schools are paying for the training session needs to be looked at again.
Some schools have started complaining and are calling on government to reduce the cost of the workshop since in the end the training will be helping in the implementation of government’s policy through the new syllabus.
One head teacher of a private school had this to say:
“ Private schools are in different categories from the less to the more endowed schools and we all don’t get any form of support and assistance from government, this new curriculum training could have been a good opportunity for government to help us for the first time to deliver when the new syllabus is rolled out”