Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum, the Minister of Education has revealed that the government will with time introduce a National Standardised Test for all pupils at the basic level.
He emphasized that primary 4 pupils will be the first batch to undergo this new initiative.
Speaking on the topic “President Akufo-
Addo’s Education Agenda: Four years and
Beyond” on Sunday, Mr Adutwum said the
object of the policy, is in government’s quest to build a robust education system for the country.
According to him, pupils waiting eleven years before they sit for their first national exams, Basic Education Certificate Examination(BECE), makes it too late to rectify the vast literacy poverty recorded yearly.
However, the test does not only seek to improve
learning outcomes but also reduce learning
poverty across the country. Periodic national exams on primary students will give the Ghana Education Service the amble time to intervene in the lives of the children, he specified.
“The World Bank talks about learning
poverty, they say 53% 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 lengths
and breadths of this country”.
“Every one of them will sit for this exams so
that we can see the challenges that are
Confronting us as a nation, then we give them one-year when they are in primary five to make the necessary interventions,” he said.
Going forward “A national standardized test
which has been done in Singapore and other
places is going to be a reality under the watch
and leadership of President Akufo-Addo.”
The minister subsequently called on
parents to support government’s new
initiative to develop and transform the
So parents, our goal is simple, we want to
know whether your child can read or not. And
the report will be generated and given to
every single parent in this country in mathematics and literacy for them to really know whether their wards are doing well or
not. Then we will have the opportunity to track them longitudinally,” he stressed.
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