The government has absorbed 50 per cent of the National Standardised Test cost to be paid by private schools as they participate in this year’s national examination, the Director of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools has said.
Speaking to AcademicWeek, Enoch Gyetuah said the 50% Standardised Test cost absorption forms part of the central government effort to ensure all primary 2 and 4 students in private schools partake in the 2022 standardized Test.
“The Government of Ghana (GoG) is absorbing part of the cost and private schools are also paying for the rest of the cost. The amount and registration link will soon be announced,” the GNACOPS Executive Director stated.
Asked how much heads of private schools will pay to register their pupils for the forthcoming national examination, Obengfo Gyetuah said the Associations of Private Schools in due course will communicate the cost to all schools.
“Private schools would register strictly through the support of their various Associations and public schools would also register strictly through the support of the Ghana Education Service (GES),” he told AcademicWeek’s Editorial Staff.
He indicated that the Ghana Education Service 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).
Describing the proposed dates as tentative, the Private Schools Council Director said the management of the Service at the appropriate time will announce the exact date and time to conduct the private and public schools examination.
In a related development, the Ghana Education Service (GES) is set to form a technical committee to plan the conduct of the National Standardised Test (NST) for government and private basic school students across the country.
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.