National Standardised Test for Basic Schools
The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has revealed some major reasons for introducing and conducting the National Standardised Test in Basic Schools in Ghana.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum affirmed that, the introduction of the National Standardised Test for pupils at the basic level in the country is as a result of government’s quest to build the much expected robust educational system.
According to him, the test does not only seek to improve learning outcomes but to also reduce learning poverty across the country and argued that pupils waiting eleven years before siting for their first national exams, Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), makes it too late to rectify the prevalent vast literacy poverty.
He believes that, no country in the 21st century can transform itself without a robust educational system that focuses on its human resource development.
Adding to that, he said, an educational system must provide opportunities for all citizens to improve on themselves to help in the socio-economic development of the country.
The Education Minister made these disclosures when he appeared in Parliament to answer litany of questions relating to the performance of the Education Ministry.
What does National Standardised Test do?
The National Standardised Test seeks to answer the following questions:
2. How well are learners learning with reference to curriculum standards?
3. Are learners achieving a minimum competency or proficiency in English language and Mathematics?
4. How are learners performing in English language and Mathematics as a whole on a national basis?
5. Does evidence indicate particular strengths and weaknesses in learners’ knowledge and skills?
6. Do particular subgroups in the population perform poorly?
7. What factors are associated with learners’ achievement?
8. Are the national education standards being met in the provision of resources (for example, textbooks, qualified teachers and other quality inputs)?
Ghana’s recent Education Strategic Plan, 2018-2030
NaCCA and GES under the Ministry of Education have set these goals to meet Ghana’s recent Education Strategic Plan, 2018-2030 which seeks to:
1. improve equitable access to and participation in inclusive quality education at all levels.
2. improve quality of teaching and learning and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at all levels.
3. promote sustainable and efficient management, financing and accountability of education service delivery.
Reasons for introducing and conducting National Standardised Test in Basic Schools
1. Among the offshoots of the Plan is the introduction of the National Standardized Test (NST) which is to measure the learning outcomes of the educational reform at the basic level.
2. According to plans, data collected from the National Standardized Test (NST) would inform policy review and formulation with respect to classroom teaching and learning.
3. The data collected from the National Standardized Test (NST) would inform policy review and formulation with respect to classroom teaching and learning.
4. The test will find out the extent to which learners have covered the content of the teaching curricula approved by the Ministry of Education in Ghana.
5. The assessment will measure pupils’ performance in English and Mathematics and will seek to answer the questions.