Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) after the Ministry of Education exempted private school students from last year’s National standardised test (NST) has called on the Ministry to explain why such students did not partake in the test.
EduWatch in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said the exemption of private schools from the national test has denied the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) data on private schools literacy and numeracy.
“Do we realize we have denied the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) of critical national baseline data on private schools’ literacy and numeracy levels in P4?” the Education Think Tank stated in the blog post.
“NaSIA, the implementing agency for the National Pre-Tertiary Learning Assessment Framework (NPLAF) and MoE must explain why Private Schools were omitted from the National Standardized Test, contrary to (NPLAF),” it added.
The maiden edition of the national assessment examination was administered on Friday, December 17, 2021, for government basic four school students across the country by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC)
Meanwhile, the National Executive Director for Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah has said private school students will be included in the next conduct of the national standardised test.
He in an interview with EducationWeb said his outfit has finalised arrangements with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ghana Education Service (GES) for private schools to be included in the next edition of the examination.
“We have had a series of meetings on this standard assessment with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and have concluded that from the next academic year, NSAT 2022 will cover all Schools in both the public and private sector.
As it stands now, this pilot assessment whose focus is on the basic 4 class is for only public schools. NSAT 2022 and beyond will however focus on classes 2, 4, 6, & 8,” the Executive Director for the Council told EducationWeb.com.gh.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister for Education last year after the successful administration of the 2021 National standardized test for primary four students said the assessment examination will be conducted once every 2 years.
“The National standardised test (NST) will be administered once every two years and will provide valuable data to address learning poverty, the Minister in charge of Education told journalists in the early hours of Friday.