The Ghana Education Service (GES) following the impending administration of the first National Standardised test (NST) scheduled for mid this month has said public basic school students on December 17, 2021, will vacate.
It communicating the vacation date on social media said “the 2021 National Standardised Test for primary four students will be written on the 17th of December 2021. As a result, all Basic schools will vacate on December 17 2021.”
The Management of the Education Service added that an extra one week will be compensated for during the next academic year in 2022 to ensure prospective students and teachers enjoy the number of weeks of the vacation period.
Previously slated for November this year, a total of 470,768 primary 4 students from 15,391 public basic schools on Friday, December 17, 2021, will sit for the test at 2,850 examination centres. 200 pupils will sit for the test per centre.
The standardised examination seeks to drastically reduce learning poverty the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum has disclosed has increased among students in the country amid the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.
He said the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) responsible for the conduct of WASSCE and BECE for School on Friday, December 17 this year will administer the national basic four students test across 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,” Dr Adutwum said at an event.
The Education Minister indicated the results of students who sat for the mathematics and literacy test will be published for parents to check the progress of their wards. The 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 disclosed.
The spokesman for the Education Ministry, Emmanuel Kwasi Kwarteng Monday also said the National Standardised Test (NST) is to measure the learning outcomes of the educational reform at the basic level.
He noted that Data collected from National Standardized Test (NST) would inform the Ministry of Education (MoE) of a policy review and formulation with respect to classroom teaching and learning.
In a related development, the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has said private schools when vacated later December 2021 will in the first term of the next academic year reopen the school on January 2022.