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Ghana to increase SHS duration to 6 years

Ghana has announced plans to increase senior high school education from three (3) to six (6) years, a move that has started eliciting negative reactions on social media. reports that the Minister for Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum in announcing the decision said it is part of government’s effort to transform secondary education with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Dr. Adutwum noted that government is determined to improve on STEM education in the country, adding that his ministry will partner various stakeholders including private sector operators to provide the much-needed infrastructure like laboratories, workshops, and lecture rooms for STEM based institutions.

Ghana currently runs a 3-year junior high and a 3-year senior high school system, after 6 years of primary school. The current educational system replaced the 5-year GCE Ordinary Level plus an additional 2-year GCE Advanced Level secondary education system.

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