The Minister for Education, Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum says learning poverty is when a 10-year-old school-going child is unable to read, a situation he said the unexpected outbreak of novel coronavirus pandemic has made worst.
According to him, 23 out of every 100 children before the outbreak of the locally transmitted coronavirus had such problem but has currently increased to almost 70 per cent since the global pandemic.
The Education Minister in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said GES after last year’s school closure rolled out learning programmes for students but the majority of them were exempted for some reasons.
He disclosed the Ministry of Education (MoE) November this year will will introduce a National Standardised Test to evaluate primary 4 students across the country on whether they can read or not.
This Dr Adutwum said forms part of efforts to improve learning outcomes and reduce learning poverty and help the government see the challenges that are confronting the country’s education sector.
“The basic four students will also be tested on reading in primary 5 and primary 6 respectively and the test 2022 will commence from primary 2, 4 and 6 students,” the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament stated.
Yaw Osei Adutwum indicated the test will also generate reports which will detail the challenges facing the education system across the country in the areas of literacy and mathematics.