"All Primary 4 Students Will Undergo The Just Introduced, National Standardized Test" - Dr. Adutwum
Ghana's Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum has hinted that all primary 4 students across the country will undergo the just introduced, National Standardized Test this year.
According to him, the new test will improve their learning skills.
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Addressing Journalists on Sunday in Accra, he said "All primary four students in Ghana will be the first batch to undergo the just introduced initiative. The test does not only seek to improve learning outcomes but also reduce learning poverty across the country"
The Sector Minister further explained that the new test will ensure that student will not wait till they reach JHS before writing their first National Exams.
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He hinted that the results derived will help both officials and teachers to know the weak points of students and rather help build them up in such areas.
“The World Bank talks about learning poverty, they say 53% of students in their 10th year of various countries cannot read for understanding and Ghana is not an exception. That is why the President says we need to transform the space, and transformation of the space means that all fourth graders this year are going to be tested across the lengths and breadths of this country. Every one of them [sits for this exams] so that we see the challenges that are confronting us as a nation, then we give them one year when they are in primary five to make the necessary interventions,” he said.
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Dr. Adutwum also noted that once the national standardized test has survived in Singapoe, he is confident that the Ghanaian students will study, understand and soar higher under the watch of President Akufo-Addo.”
He appealed to guardians of the back the government in achieving the target of a new transformation in Ghana's education.
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“So parents, our goal is simple, we want to know whether your child can read or not. And the report will be generated and given to every single parent in this country in mathematics and literacy for them to really know whether their wards are doing well or not.
Speaking on Government's achievements in the Education sector from 2017 to 2020, he said "Free SHS Flagship. Secondary enrollment increased from 800,000 to 1,250,000. Improved performance in 2020 WASSCE, 411 out 465 students achieved 8A1. Infrastructural expansion to all levels of education, Procured and distributed 1,190 vehicles (pick-ups and buses) to SHSs, District and Regional Education Offices"
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He added that there has been an improved efficiency and governance of Tertiary Education (GTEC) likewise Research allowance increased by 200%.
He mentioned that the Akufo-Addo government has restored teacher trainee allowances among others.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith