The Ghana National Standardised Test for all Primary 4 students across the country will be written in November this year.
This test is the first of its kind for Ghana to evaluate the learning outcomes of primary 4 pupils.
The practice for Ghana is that after primary and junior high school, pupils will write one national examination so that they can progress to secondary school.
So why this new test for primary 4 pupils?
Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum explained that this test will remove the 11 years waiting period for pupils before they can sit for Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE).
“Every one of them will sit for this exams so that we will see the challenges we have as a nation after we can give them one year when they go to primary 5 to make necessary interventions” he stated.
The Education Ministry said countries like Singapore already have introduced national standardised tests which help build their educational system.
Because of this, we hope that this will go in a long way to help the country build a solid educational system.
This test according to government will not just improve on learning outcomes of students but also will reduce the issue of learning poverty for Ghana.
What are the Benefits of this test?
- It’s a measurement tool that will help evaluate spontaneous proficiency, literacy and liguisticability of the primary 4 pupils.
- The exam will also check the performance rate compentence and reliabilty of municipal directorates.
- They will have the chance to write the National Standardized Test to correct their academic challenges.