The Ministry of Education has moved swiftly to clarify reports in the media that the Minister of Education says a new curriculum for Junior High Schools in the country will see JHS graduates completing with National Higher Diplomas while qualified SHS graduates will be awarded National Diplomas.
The Minister for the sector Mattew Opoku Prempeh speaking at the 2019 Danquah Institute Leadership lecture under the theme: “World Class Education and Imperative for the Next Generation of Leaders, made some comments regarding some plans they are putting in place concerning the certificates of JHS and SHS graduates.
This the Ministry of Education in a statement says the Minister’s comments have been misrepresented and taken out of context.
Parts of the release said ” 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. It will be noted that in the USA, all high school leavers gain a national diploma to enable them go into work, with the SAT examinations being further requisite for those seeking to enter university”
“The Minister did not state that junior high school graduates would be awarded a diploma. Indeed, given the government’s commitment to redefining basic education to include senior high school, in respect of which the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill is in Parliament, it is inconceivable that the Minister would suggest that junior high school graduates would be awarded diplomas or any other certificate to enable them seek work.