The Minister for Education says the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has been contracted to conduct the maiden edition of the national standardised test scheduled for November this year for primary four students in public basic schools across the country.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum announced this speaking at the just ended 2021 National Education Week Program under the theme “Reimagining education for national transformation” monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh on Tuesday.
“So after the conduct of the 2021 national standardised test by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), we expect over 90% of primary four students in the country to be proficient in English,” the Education Minister stated at the Education program.
The soon to administer 2021 national standardised examination, Dr Adutwum said is to drastically reduce learning poverty he disclosed has amid the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic increased among students in the country.
“The test is to evaluate the primary 4 students on whether they can read or not and this will also help the central government to see the challenges that are confronting the country’s education sector,” the Teaching Minister said on Tuesday.
He said the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) responsible for the conduct of international and national examinations (WASSCE and BECE) in the country in November this year will administer the forthcoming examination for basic four students nationwide.
A sample of the standardised questions the Minister for Education and Bosomtwe Member of Parliament said will be sent to district directors for onward distribution to the heads of schools before the commencement of the national examination scheduled for November 2021.
According to Dr Yaw Adutwum, 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 in charge of Education told the media.