Members of the National Social Studies Association (NaSSA) have called on the government to reconsider its decision to scrap social studies from the school curriculum.
The group have threatened to demonstrate and picket against government if the subject is tampered with.
Addressing the Media in Kumasi on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, the Ashanti regional coordinator of the Association, Opoku Afriyie Prince said it came to their notice that the government through National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) was reviewing in phases, the curriculum of basic and second cycle institutions.
He noted that the council is done reviewing the upper basic school curriculum of which citizenship education has been removed from the curriculum and replaced with a new subject called ‘Our World and Our People’.
He said series of consultations was done with the NaCCA, coupled with concept papers written by the Department of Social Studies Education at the University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba on the need to maintain social studies in the curriculum.
Opoku Afriyie said they were given assurance by the secretary of NaCCA that the subject would not be tampered with because of its importance.
Notwithstanding the assurance, according to the NaCCA members have seen the curriculum framework based on which the JHS and SHS curriculum would be developed, and have noted that social studies has been removed from the core subjects and replaced with geography and history.
He said the removing of the subject is worrying and causing considerable panic and frustration among large sections of the thousands of professional teachers and students whose profession and academic programme is dependent on social studies.
Prince Opoku said the government’s decision to scrap the subject will lead to unemployment amongst social studies teachers from basic to tertiary education levels and also leave the fate of thousands of students who have been enrolled on social studies programme in question.
He, therefore, pleaded with the government to reconsider its decision and maintain the subject either as a core or elective subject or they will hit the street.
Source: Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)