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6-3-3-4 to be 6-3-4-4 education system

The Ministry of Education has changed the 6334 system of education to 6344 as revealed by the government white paper on the recommendation of the Professor Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry.
Instead of the former six years in primary school, three years junior secondary, three years senior and four years university or tertiary it has now been structured to six years primary, three years junior, four years senior secondary and four years tertiary or university.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information press conference yesterday the Minister of Education Dr. Minkailu Bah said over the year’s result of pupils taking the Basic Educational Certificate Exam (BECE) and West African Senior School Certificate Exam (WASSCE) has been very poor and the government decided to look into the system of education.
In light of this the government established the Professor Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry to investigate the educational system particularly the implementation of the 6-3-3-4 system which was brought in the country during the war.
The Minister also stated that when they took over government they found out that they could not take criticism for the poor performance of pupils in just one year in office.
People he said were concerned about the poor performance of the pupils taking the BECE and WASSCE examination but no survey was done to look into the problems.
He said the reason for the change of the educational system is that during the investigations by members of the Commission in three countries: Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya it was discovered that pupils need more than one year to be ready for external exams and also it was disclosed by WAEC that the pupils could not finish their syllabus. The Education Minister noted that the government accepted some of the recommendations while some were not and some that were supposed to be long term was taken for immediate term and that the government made other recommendations.
Some of the recommendations that were accepted by the government include that of modifying the 6-3-3-4 system of education and to accommodate the implementation of early childhood education. Free and compulsory primary education in both policy and practice was accepted subject to the involvement of local councils in the implementation of the policy.
Government accepts the recommendation made by the Commission, for the banning of access courses in tertiary institutions, faculties of science in a university however may organize preparatory programmes for science candidates wishing to retake the WASSCE – these are extramural candidates and not university students, government accepted.
Another recommendation which government has accepted is the phasing out of the two shift system. This provision according to the recommendation of the Commission is made with the proviso that additional classrooms will be built to accommodate all pupils in one shift. Government accepts the recommendation and that it should be effected within a period of three years.
In his statement Professor Ekundayo Thompson speaking on behalf of the Chairman said that the Commission was established on the 18th May 2009 to investigate and identify the poor performance of pupils in the 2008/2009 BECE and WASSCE Examinations.
He said that members took a year to investigate schools in all the Districts and also went to Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria to look at their educational systems.
He said the key question that they asked was what are the reasons for the performance of students in the BECE and WASSCE exams? Upon investigation they found out that all sectors including the home, society, the environment, schools are all responsible for the poor performance of pupils.
By Betty Milton

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