A total of 1.5 million students from government and private basic schools across the country participated in the just-ended 2022 National Standardised Test, the Minister in charge of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has disclosed.
Speaking to journalists after monitoring the Test at some selected schools he said 792,000 were primary four pupils while the remaining 750,000 were also from primary two in various public and private schools across the country.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said the central government would do everything possible to ensure that the right interventions are put in place as a means of helping pupils with peculiar challenges identified after the national examination.
The Education Minister in an interview said the National Standardised Test (NST) results portal to check the performance of government primary school students who sat for the national examination will be online in due course.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Sompa 93.1 FM ‘Ade Akye Abia’ show monitored by AcademicWeek, the Education Minister said the development of the standardised test results portal is ongoing and will be live once completed.
“A website or portal to host the 2021 national standardised test results for parents of the students who participated in the test is currently under development. When completed parents can print their ward’s results online,” he stated.
According to the Ghana Education Service, basic 2 and 4 pupils from a total of 18,000 public and private schools participated in this year’s Standardised Test which started on the 5th and ended on the 16th of December, 2022.
The government after the Ministry of Education (MoE) approved for private school students to partake in this year’s national examination absorbed 50 per cent of the National Standardised Test cost to be paid by private schools.
The approval comes after the Executive Director of Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah raised concerns over private schools’ exemption from the maiden edition of the national examination.
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 said in an interview.