Ghana Schools And Their Curriculums

In our last lesson, we learned about what an educational curriculum is, how they’re developed and its importance.
If you haven’t already, I suggest you learn more from here:
What Is An Academic Curriculum?
In this lesson, however, we want to turn our attention to the forms of curriculums used in Ghana and it impacts on our young kids.
When it comes to education in Ghana, most expats find the national curriculum to be limited, teaching methods to be outdated and the standard of facilities to be lower than what they would be used to back at home. For these reasons, expats tend to bypass public schooling options in Ghana and send their children to an international school.

Most international schools in Ghana are in the capital, Accra. The major advantage of these schools is that they follow various foreign curricula that allow expat students to have an easier transition. The standard of teaching at international schools tends to be high and facilities are in line with those in Europe or North…

What is an Academic Curriculum?

Every school follows a different curriculum but in general, a curriculum is the path of learning that students are typically required to follow. 

This path of learning can be outlined by school officials or by government officials.
It usually includes comprehension of core subjects such as reading, writing, mathematics, and sciences. Upon successfully completing an educational curriculum, students generally receive some type of diploma, degree, or certificate.
Generally speaking, curriculum takes many different forms. This is why most teachers spend a lot of time thinking about, studying, discussing, and analyzing curriculum, and the reason why many educators have acquired a specialist’s expertise in curriculum development—i.e., they’ve learned how to structure, organize, and deliver lessons in ways that facilitate or accelerate student learning.
To noneducators, some curriculum materials may seem simple or straightforward but they may reflect a deep and sophisticated understanding of an…

What is IGCSE?

IGCSE is an abbreviation for International General Certificate of Secondary Education and is an English language curriculum offered to students to prepare them for International Baccalaureate, A Level and BTEC Level 3. 
It is recognized by academic institutions and employers around the world and is considered by many institutions as equivalent to the standard GCSE.
The IGCSE was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations. The examination board Edexcel offers its own version, the Edexcel International GCSE. Students begin learning the syllabus at the beginning of year 10 and take the test at the end of year 11.
The IGCSE is an international alternative to many popular national curricula. However, unlike many school-leaving qualifications in many countries, the IGCSE is not a group award or "certificate of education". It is a qualification based on individual subjects of study, which means that one receives an "IGCSE" qualification for each subject …

Why You Must Consider Taking an International Exam

Most parents have the dream of sponsoring their kids to go abroad for further studies or career development. This has always been regarded as an enriching and challenging experience. 
Because along with getting a place at college or university and finding better career opportunities, the student also gets the chance to experience new cultures, customs, and ideas that mold their personalities as a whole.
For your kid to get placement into any of these programs abroad there is a need to take an international exam. The type of exams and how many of them to take depends upon the level and the courses to study.

The following, however, are few of the major international examinations you may like to consider:

IGCSE IGCSE is an abbreviation for International General Certificate for Secondary Education.  It is the world’s most popular international certification to end secondary school (equivalent to O level or UK GCSE) and it is taken before one proceeds to advance level or pre-university studies.…

How To Teach Your Child To Become An Independent Learner

In our last lesson, we learned why it is important to teach your child to be an independent learner.  We also learned about the benefits one gets for being an independent learner. Again if you haven’t already, I suggest you start from here: ·Why you must teach your child to become an independent learner. As you may have learned from the previous lesson, most parents in their attempt of being supportive and helpful to their child’s needs begin to plug into and become too involved. 

Though their intentions for doing so might be good, they may intend be doing more harm than good.   What then can a parent do to help teach their kids to become independent learners? The focus of this lesson is to provide you with simple but proven strategies to help you out. Step1: Believe in Your Child Take your cue from this study and let your child know that you have faith in his or her abilities. Children with parents who consistently help them do homework, study for tests and create projects for school can fe…

Teach Your Kid To Become An Independent Learner

Many of us have received the message that the more involved we are in our children’s learning, the better off they will be. Though to a large extent, this might be true, but in a way, sometimes getting too involved might do more harm than good. For example, once children enter middle school, help with homework can actually bring test scores down. Other involvement, such as meeting with teachers and taking disciplinary action against a child when they don’t do well, can make kids more anxious or have no positive effect at all. In this lesson of independent learning, we would be looking at two sides of the coin:

1.Why you must teach your child to be an independent learner. 2.How you can teach your child to become an independent learner.

To begin with, let's start looking at the why!

According to recent studies, the most successful children are those whose parents set high expectations and then step back. These kids were able to take initiative in their own learning. The following, howeve…

Does your child struggles with Homework? (Part 2)

In our last article, we learned why it is difficult for most kids today to complete homework’s, the struggles and why parents don’t need to be as involved as they think they might.
If you haven’t yet read this, I suggest you start from here:
·Does your child struggles with Homework?(Part 1)

In this post, however, we want to continue looking at the tactics to use in solving homework’s struggles. 

Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions in the bottom space provided below and let us know what you think.
Step 4: Keep calm and carry on Homework meltdowns are nature’s way of saying a child is overwhelmed by the task, If your child begins to bursts into tears, this may mean that he/she needs a hug.
However, if he’s paper-crumpling mad, let him blow off steam. Say, “I see you’re upset.” Then listen to him rant, without reacting. “Until he feels he’s been heard, you can’t convince him to see your side.
What if you’re the one melting down and you feel your BP is rising? Walk away, splash wate…