The Ministry of Education has denied claims that its minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh has announced that Junior High Schools and Senior High school graduates will be award a diploma certificate.
According to Mr Assafuah, the minister referred to the fact that prior to the 1987 reforms that saw the shift from the ‘A’ level to the SHS system, an undergraduate degree was three years, similar to and in the case of University of Ghana in particular, the first year which was non-scoring, referred to as First University examinations (FUE).
He explained that touching on the pre-tertiary curriculum reforms currently being pursued by the government, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh referred to the need for a strong and robust pre-tertiary education structure, and noted that with such a system, a discussion on whether the current four-year undergraduate degree could be reduced to three years.
Mr Assafuah added that the minister in his speech sought to trigger a national dialogue to potentially reconsider reverting to this undergraduate model, on the basis of a much improved and more robust SHS curriculum so that students can be adequately prepared for a three-year undergraduate programme.
He added that the minister mooted the idea of a national diploma for all SHS leavers, which will enable them to go into work, with those desiring to enter university then going on to write the WASSCE in order to do so.
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