Review curriculum for equitable students assessment - Government urged

BY: Justice Agbenorsi
Dr Benedict Yartey (middle), Principal, British Colombia College, cutting the graduation cake with the graduates. Picture: Maxwell Ocloo
Dr Benedict Yartey (middle), Principal, British Colombia College, cutting the graduation cake with the graduates. Picture: Maxwell Ocloo

The Principal of the British Columbia College (BCC) in Accra, Mr Benedict Nii Tetteh Yartey, has advocated the review of the educational curriculum to ensure the comprehensive assessment of students based on their soft skills rather than just the knowledge acquired from school.

That, he said, would ensure the equitable assessment of students, help students who are endowed with soft skills to create jobs for the county’s economy after school and reduce the engagement of the youth in social vices in the country.

Graduation

“There are so many children that are very brilliant but under examination, they cannot think straight and they get things wrong so how are we going to assess their true efforts so that they do not end up on the streets after the senior high school?”, Mr Yartey, who was speaking at the school’s fifth graduation and awards ceremony held last Saturday at the school’s premises, said.

The gradation was on the theme, “Resilience; a tool for survival in an unchanging world”

The graduation also featured a performance by Raymond Nyarko Appiah, winner of Talented Kidz XII.

Some students who had the opportunity to study outside the country through the school’s summer programmes shared their educational experiences abroad.

Educational system

“We have an educational system that is too rigid, and for instance, we have a child in a grade A school in Accra here who will sit for the same Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) with a child in a remote village elsewhere, and I think there is no equity in our educational system.

“When we rather look at their talents and skills and try to nurture them, we will get to that point where nobody will find their way on the street or engage in any social vices,” he said.

Mr Yartey commended the Ghana Education Service (GES) for its efforts in introducing the technical and vocational education training (TVET), calling for an implementation policy that would not exclude but rather bring everybody along.

Graduation

A total of 23 pupils graduated from various levels of the lower educational ladder.

Out of the number, 11 graduated from pre-school to grade one while 12 of them graduated from primary years (Grade 6).

They were presented with certificates while the efforts of every student at the various levels were also rewarded as no student was left behind.

The pupils entertained their parents, teachers and invited guests with choreography, poetry recitals, among other fun filled activities.

Mr Yartey underscored the need for students to be trained to become great thinkers who could leverage on creative thinking to develop solutions for the various social problems for the country’s national development.

Advice

For her part, a High Court judge, Justice Audrey Kocuvie-Tay, commended the principal and teachers of the school for their hard work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.