The Ministry of Education (MoE) after some Ghanaians asked if primary four students who pass the forthcoming National Standardised Test will be promoted to primary 5 has said the test is not an exams to promote pupils.
Mr Yaw Opoku Mensah, the Deputy Spokesman for the Ministry in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said the national test rather aims to improve learning outcomes and reduce learning poverty among students.
Scheduled for Friday, December 17, 2021, the maiden edition of the National Standardised Test will be conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) responsible for the administration of BECE and WASSCE for School.
According to the Ghana Education Service, 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 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 the 17th of December 2021,” the Education Service said in a post on Tuesday.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister for Education commenting on the impending basic four students examination said 90% of the primary four students in the country after the administration of the test will be proficient in English.
“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 noted.
The Teaching Minister further said 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.
He indicated that the results of the standardised test in mathematics and literacy will be given to every single parent to monitor the progress of their wards. The results Mr Osei 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 leadership of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) Wednesday told EducationWeb private school students will in the next academic year participate in the 2022 edition of the national students’ examination.