NCCE criticises GES plan to remove Social Studies from syllabus

National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has said it will be unreasonable for Ghana Education Service (GES) to take Social Studies out of the syllabus for primary and JHS levels.

Chairman of the Commission, Josephine Nkrumah, said Social Studies plays an important role in the lives of students and Ghanaians so taking it out of the syllabus will be negative for the country’s educational sector.

“Social Studies really is the heartbeat of humanity and you cannot take that away. No matter what you do, you will live, work, co-exist, fight and build on peace together as a people, whether it is in Ghana or anywhere else in the world. And so there is no reason why Social Studies should be scrapped in any shape or form on this earth. It is what actually allows us to examine ourselves and to constantly improve and enhance life and living on this earth. Social Studies needs to be there to begin to find new ways of connecting humankind,” Josephine Nkrumah said.

She made these comments at a conference organised by the National Social Studies Association and the Department of Social Studies Education at the University of Education in Winneba.

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Education, Professor Lucy Effah, also said the government should even be working towards making Social Studies an elective course in schools.

“It is therefore pertinent for the Ministry of Education to consider Social Studies as both core and an elective subject at the Senior High School level as it is in the case of Mathematics and Science,” Professor Lucy Effah said

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