The Ghana Education Service (GES) following the conduct of the maiden edition of the national standard assessment test has met with stakeholders in the education sector to discuss the modalities and strategies to help with the exams.
GES in preparation for the first National Standardised Test (NSAT) for primary four (4) pupils Friday held a meeting for all School Improvement and Support Officers (SISOs) and headteachers of public and private primary schools.
Scheduled for November this year, the basic 4 students test forms part of the government effort to improve learning outcomes and reduce learning poverty the Education Minister said has increased amongst students amid Covid-19.
“The test is to evaluate the primary 4 students on whether they can read or not and this will also help the government to see the challenges that are confronting the country’s education sector,” Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said at a briefing.
He said a sample of the standardised questions he said will be sent to district directors for onward distribution to the headteachers of schools before the commencement of the national examination in early November 2021.
The Teaching Minister noted that results of the test in mathematics and literacy will be given to every single parent to monitor 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 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) responsible for the administration of major examinations in the country the Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency said will conduct the impending national basic four test.
“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,” Mr Adutwum said this month.