All basic four pupils to write the new National Standard Test starting in November – Government announces

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The government through the Education Minster, Yaw Osei Adutwum has announced that all basic four pupils in public schools will write the National Standard Test starting in November.

This was announced at the Minister’s media briefing, in Accra on Sunday, organised by the Information Ministry.

Dr Osei-Adutwum said as part of the government’s quest to build a robust education system, it would introduce the National Standards Test to assess and generate evidence on students’ achievement against set national competency standards in literacy and numeracy.

Dr Osei-Adutwum said as part of the government’s quest to build a robust education system, it would introduce the National Standards Test to assess and generate evidence on students’ achievement against set national competency standards in literacy and numeracy.

The test, he said, would inform targeted remedial interventions to ensure that students achieve the desired proficiency in literacy and numeracy.

The basic four pupils would be the first batch to undergo the novelty test this year.

“The NST reflects increasing globalisation and interest in the global mandate. It represents an overall shift in emphasis in assessing the quality of education inputs to learning outcomes,” he stated.

The Minister said the Test would not only improve learning outcomes but also reduce “Learning Poverty” across the country.

According to him, it wouldn’t be beneficial for pupils to wait for 11 years before writing their first national examination, Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), winch made it difficult to rectify literacy and numeracy challenges.

“As such, periodic national exams on primary pupils will give the Ghana Education Service enough time to intervene in the lives of the children,” he stated.

“The World Bank talks about learning poverty, they say 53 per cent of students in their 10th year of various countries cannot read for understanding and Ghana is not an exception.

“That is why the President says we need to transform the space, and transformation of the space means that all fourth graders this year are going to be tested across the length and breadth of the country.

“Every one of them will sit for this exam so that we see the challenges that are confronting us as a nation, then we give them one year when they’re in primary five to make the necessary interventions,” Dr Osei-Adutwum added.

The National Standards Test is in response to Ghana’s Education Strategic Plan from 2018 to 2030, which prioritizes improving learning outcomes at all levels by creating a national standards-based assessment at the pre-tertiary level, to measure the quality of learning achievements before the end of Junior High School.

 

 

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