New Development In The Pre-Tertiary Education System- A must read by all

1. The system of pre-tertiary education shall be known as Basic Education. Basic Education consist of;

  • Two years kindergarten
  • Six years primary education
  • Three years Junior high school
  • Three years of secondary level education (clause 1 PTB)

2. Over 400 public sector TVET institutes are scattered under 19 Ministries, leading to fragmentation- the Education Regulators Bill and Pre-tertiary Bill will realign them under the supervision of the Ministry of Education to position them for free second cycle Education.


3. JHS will run two semesters per academic year to synchronize with the expectations of Common Core Programme and repositioning of JHS as continuing level on the Basis School ladder up to SHS rather than a termination point.

4. The operationalization of the JHS new CCP will trigger the restructuring of B.E.C.E. B.EC.E, a placement examination will transfigure from non-reference assessment to a criterion reference assessment with a change in name.


5. Common Core Programme, a derivation of the Standard Based Curriculum will stretch from JHS 1 (Basic 8) to SHS 1 (Basic 10).

Common Core examination will be conducted at the end of SHS 1 to guide pupils in choosing a combination of courses either for academic or career related pathways. Learners will have to pursue either a career related program or High School Diploma program from SHS 2 ( Basic 11) to SHS 3 (Basic 12).

6. As a sequel to the National Assessment at the Basic 2 and Basic 4 to monitor and track pupils performance, National Standard Assessment Test will be conducted in JHS 2 (Basic 8). This will provide national level indicators to promote learners progression, as captured in the National pre-tertiary curriculum framework published by NaCCA in 2018.

7. The developed National Pre-tertiary Learning Assessment Framework (NPLAF) will engineer the the introduction of an Item Bank ( to be available online). Item Bank, an assessment database system is for harvesting information on assessment tools, sample questions, teaching practices, resource materials etc for smooth running of the Standard Based Curriculum.

8. Continuous Professional Development Days (CPDDs) will be held four times in an academic year alongside weekly Professional Learning Communities (PLC) on Wednesdays at school cluster levels. These are necessary to hone the skills of facilitators and also contribute to points needed for portfolio building for promotion and license renewal.

Credit to Mr. Desmond Allotey Pappoe.

Source: Informed Teachers Network