The second edition of the national standardised test this year will be conducted for primary two students in public basic schools, the Director-General of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) has announced.
Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast show monitored by AcademicWeek, Prof Edward Appiah said just like the maiden edition of the national examination, the 2022 test will be administered by the West African Examinations Council.
“We do Primary 2, Primary 4 and Primary 6. This year we were going to do Primary 2, but the first one was with Primary 4 now we want to do Primary 2 because we think that is where at least we getting the feel of what it is,” Appiah stated.
In line with the implementation of the new curriculum, the NaCCA official said the impending national test will enable the Ministry of Education to generate data on the performance of pupils in English Language and Mathematics.
“We will also access primary 4 to see whether there has been some growth and then we move on to Primary 5 if there are more interventions we need to provide and then Primary 6 will be tested again until the exit point,” he noted.
In a related development, the National Standardised test results portal to check the performance of students who sat for the national examination will be online in due course, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Sompa 93.1 FM ‘Ade Akye Abia’ show monitored by AcademicWeek, the Education Minister said the standardised test results portal currently under development is ongoing to be live once completed.
“A website or portal to host the 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.
The Minister in charge of Education commenting on the next conduct of the test said primary two students in various government basic schools across the country this academic year will sit for the numeracy and literacy examination.
The national test to evaluate the primary students on whether they can read or not, the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament say will help the government to see the challenges that are confronting the country’s education sector.
“So after the conduct of the 2021 national standardised test by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), we expect over 90% of primary four students in the country to be proficient in English,” the Education Minister noted.