The Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum says Primary two, four and six students will undertake the National Standardised Test (NST) this academic year.
He explained that the succeeding year after the NST will be an intervention year during which teachers will focus on addressing students in their shortcomings based on the result of the national test.
“This academic year, we are going to assess Primary two students, we will assess primary four students and we will assess primary six students”, he stated during a press briefing.
He explained that “the goal is for us to know how well our students are doing and prescribe an intervention, the year after the test is administered. The students who took the fourth-grade exam this year, when the results come, their parents are going to get copies of the results, it will break it down for the parents to know whether the child is doing well in fractions, algebra, decimals, etc.
“And with this, the parent will be able to engage with the teacher to find out how the performance of the child can be improved. So primary five becomes an intervention year. Then we test them again in primary six to know if the intervention worked or not. For the first time, we are going to have data that will help us prescribe interventions for the schools.“
The National Standardised Test was conducted for the first time in Ghana for primary four students on December 17, 2021, in which close to 500,000 students participated in the exams, according to Dr. Adutwum.
Dr. Adutwum says the results will be out soon
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini