When school reopens for SHS1 students whose placements have been released, they will NOT study any Elective Subjects for 1 year starting 10th March 2021. The GES directive or communique on the matter will clarify this more.
However, if the Common Core Programme (CCP) introduced by the GES. at the JHS1 level is also implemented at the SHS1 level, it will validate the import of this publication.
The 9 subjects to be studied by SHS1 students will exclude elective subjects directly related to the programmes the students are going to be studying for their first one year at the Senior High School.
The introduction of the new curriculum called the Common Core Programme (CCP) starts from Basic School 7 (JHS1) and ends at SHS1.
Again, the SHS 1 students will not learn any elective subjects because all the subjects to be taught in SHS1 are just like those being studied by the JHS1 students at the basic school level.
They are Mathematics, Integrated Science, Social Studies, English Language, Computing, RME, Physical Education and Health, Creative Arts and Design, Career Technology, French or Arabic or Ghanaian Languages.
The only options students may have to choose from is the language subjects which include French, Arabic and Ghanaian Languages.
Thus, learning of Elective Subjects for SHS1 students will only start when they get to SHS2 in 2022.
Currently, at the basic school, the new Common Core Programme (CCP) has been introduced for JHS1 students whiles the last two batches that will use the old JHS syllabus to write the BECE are those currently in JHS 2 and 3.
Students in SHS 2 and SHS3 will also be the last batch of Senior High School students who will sit the WASSCE for school candidates based on the old syllabus.
Once the current form students in JHS and SHS 2 complete their BECE and WASSCE in 2022, the old syllabus for JHS and SHS will no longer be used.
We advise students to take the Common Core Programme (CCP) subjects seriously and build solid foundations for years 2 and 3 at the SHS. This will prepare them well enough to excel at the end of their study at the SHS.
Days after the publication of the above, we have received mixed reactions from readers. We look forward to what directives the Ghana Education Service (GES) will give on the subject matter.
Their directive will bring to finality whether the Common Core Programme will commence with the 2020 BECE graduates or not.