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All Primary 4 students to take standardized exams in 2021

All Primary 4 students to take standardized exams in 2021

All Primary 4 students to take standardized exams in 2021 

The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum has disclosed

that the government will introduce a National Standardized

Test for pupils at the basic level.

The object of the policy, he said, is in government’s quest to

build a robust education system for the country.

Speaking on the topic “President Akufo-Addo’s Education Agenda:

Four years and Beyond” on Sunday, Mr Adutwum said all

primary four students in Ghana will be the first batch

to undergo the just-introduced initiative.

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He said the test does not only seek to improve learning

outcomes but also reduce learning poverty across 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.

As such, periodic national exams on primary students will

give the Ghana Education Service the amble

time to intervene in the lives of the children.

“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 [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,” he said.

He added that “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 Bosomtwe MP subsequently called on parents to

support government’s new initiative to develop

and transform the education sector.

“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.

The Minister also stated that government will capitalize on

technology to digitize the education sector in Ghana.

He said a dashboard is currently underway that will give his

outfit access to evaluate the attendance and performance

both teachers and students in every Metropolitan,

Municipal, and District Assembly.

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