All primary four (4) pupils in public schools will, on 17th December, this month, write the new National Standards Test (NST) to assess their knowledge, skills, values and attitudes, which is central to the new pre-tertiary education curriculum.
All headtteachers and primary teachers are to support in preparing the kids for this maiden national test. This means that all primary teachers and Basic 4 pupils will have to stay on campus till the said date.
Headteachers are to Inform parents of this new development to also prepare their wards, especially, since they would be in school when their colleagues would be at home.
All headtteachers are entreared to give this information to all their teachers, especially the Basic 4 teachers. Let them know the various centres and how things will be done.
The management of GES in every Districts and Municipality is yet to communicate to all the primary teachers on how the exams will be conducted since most teachers are not even aware of the papers the children are going to take and where they are going to write.
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.
The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum, during the Minister’s media briefing, in Accra months ago, organised by the Information Ministry indicated that as part of 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 test would not only improve learning outcomes, but also reduce “Learning Poverty” across the country.
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”, he said.
PLEASE TAP ON THE BLUE LINKS BELOW TO JOIN OUR PLATFORMS FOR MORE AUTHENTIC UPDATES AND DISCUSSION
You Can Also Join Our TELEGRAM Avenue For More updates