Kindergarten to primary six students in various public basic schools after their vacation date was extended amid the administration of the maiden edition of the national standardised will finally break from academic activities Friday.
Their vacation today comes after the Ghana Education Service (GES) in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said the date to conduct the first national assessment examination for primary four students has been postponed.
“National Standardised Test for P4 will be written on December 17. As a result, all basic schools will vacate on the 17th of December 2021. GES will make up for the lost vacation period in the next academic calendar,” it said in the release.
A total of 561,595 primary four students from 15,911 government basic schools participated in the 2021 edition of the Ghana standardised test at 2,609 examination centres. An average of 200 pupils sat for the examination per centre.
The prospective candidates around 11:00 am Friday, December 17, 2021, commenced the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Numeracy paper and ended it later today with Literacy at 2:00 pm.
The Deputy Minister for Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour commenting on the conduct of the just-ended public basic four students examination said the test commenced on a positive note in various regions of the country.
“The two tests being administered are Literacy and Numeracy. The outcome of this exercise will provide important feedback on the weaknesses and strengths of our learners in Literacy and Numeracy,” Mr John Ntim said on Friday.
The Reverend Minister furthered that the examination will inform the appropriate intervention required to course-correct learning poverty. “We are keen on transforming education outcomes, especially in early grades,” he added.
The Minister for Education, Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum on his part said the national standardised examination improve learning outcome and reduce learning poverty he said has increased among children amid the outbreak of Covid-19.
According to the Bosomtwe MP, 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 told journalists.