Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum following the successful administration of the first edition of the standardised national test for primary four public school students has applauded teachers who were associated with the conduct of the examination.
The Bosomtwe Member of Parliament in a social media post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh on Friday said “I appreciate all teachers, supervisors, and invigilators for their sacrifice and commitment to make this a success.
The assessment examination previously slated for last month, today Friday, December 17, 2021, was conducted for a total of 561,595 primary four public school students from 15,911 government basic schools across the country.
Candidates around 11: am sat for Numeracy and completed with literacy at 2: pm. The national standardised test was administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) at more than 2,000 examination centres nationwide.
Speaking to journalists at some centres he visited, the Education Minister disclosed that the national test for basic school students will be conducted once every two years to improve learning outcomes and reduce learning poverty.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum also said the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) are considering to include private school students in the next administration of the standardized examination.
“Currently, the national test will be conducted in only public schools; however, there could be a consideration for enrolling private schools in subsequent ones,” the Teacher in Chief told the media on December 17, 2021.
Mr Osei Yaw also indicated that the standardized examination is not meant to grade or promote the primary four public school students but to improve teaching and learning in the government basic schools across the country.
According to him, results of the test in mathematics and literacy will be given to every single parent to monitor the progress of their wards. The provisional results he said will be available on a website for public access.
“We have a dashboard coming that will allow the Education Minister to log in and see the attendance of every district, to see how every district is doing and the results will be on the dashboard,” the Minister for Education stated.
Among other examination centres, the Teaching Minister today toured in the Greater Accra Region are; Presby Cluster of Schools – Osu, Labone Senior High School (SHS) and the St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School (SHS).