The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has proposed November 1 to 30, 2022, and December 12 to 16, 2022 as the dates for primary 2 and four students to sit for the 2022 edition of the national standardised test (NST).
A staff of the Education Service speaking to an Editorial Staff of AcademicWeek said the above dates are tentative adding that his outfit at the appropriate time will communicate the official date to conduct the test to students.
“As earlier indicated by the management, the recent dates for the administration of the 2022 standardised exams for primary 2 and four students are proposed dates. The original dates will be communicated later,” the GES official stated.
The impending primary two and four basic school students’ national examinations he said will be conducted in schools close to the end of the academic year by a team of trained Test administrators and monitors.
In a related story, the Ghana Education Service as part of efforts to ensure smooth conduct of this year’s standardised test has said it will form a technical committee to plan the examination which will include primary 2 students.
The formation of the committee comes after the GES met with the Director-General and Assessment team of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) to review the 2021 National Standardised Test results.
Aside from the review of the results of the maiden edition of the Test for primary four public school students, they also discussed challenges that confronted the 2021 national exams and how to prevent reoccurrence in the 2022 edition.
Meanwhile, The Ministry of Education after some Ghanaians asked if primary students who become successful at the National Standardised Test will be promoted to the next class has said the test is not an exams to promote pupils.
Yaw Opoku Mensah, the Deputy Spokesman for the Education Ministry in an interview monitored by AcademicWeek said the national test rather aims to improve learning outcomes and reduce learning poverty among students.
In line with Opoku Mensah, Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister in charge of Education has said that 90% of the primary school students in the country after the administration of the standardised test will be proficient in English.
“So after the conduct of the national standardised test by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), we expect over 90% of primary school students in the country to be proficient in English,” he said ahead of the 2021 test.
The Education Minister further said the test is to evaluate the primary 4 students on whether they can read or not and this will also help the government to see the challenges that are confronting the country’s education sector.
He indicated that the results of the standardised test in mathematics and literacy will be given to every single parent to monitor the progress of their wards. The results Mr Osei said will be available on a website for public access.
“We have a dashboard coming that will allow the Education Minister to log in and see the attendance of every district, to see how every district is doing and the results will be on the dashboard,” Mr Osei Yaw Adutwum disclosed.