– The Ghana Education service has introduced a new Examination at the basic level.
– The Education minister also confirm the new standardized examination will start this year with the current Basic 4 students.
– This is to avoid students waiting eleven years before sitting for their first ever standard exams.
Ghana’s Education system is gradually taking a different direction. Unlike how all students at the secondary level go to school throughout the term together, it has been divided into tracks where some rest home while their colleagues find themselves in classrooms learning.
Now the Minister of Education Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum has disclosed that the government will introduce a National Standardised Test for pupils at the basic level with government’s aim to build a robust education system for the country.
Speaking on the topic President Akufo-Addo’s Education Agenda: ‘Four years and Beyond’, The Minister said 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.”
Explaining the importance of the new Policy, he added “Every one of them sits for this exams so that we 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, 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 then call on parents to throw their support behind Governments efforts to lay down a better foundation for their children growing up.
“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 concluded