All primary 4 basic students in the country will write a national standardized examination to boost the quality of education in the country.
This was stated by Educational minister Dr Yaw-Osei Adutwum as he gave submissions on the topic “President’s Akuffo-Addo’s educational agenda; Four Years and Beyond” on Sunday.
He stated all primary four students will be the first to undergo the maiden edition of the test. He further said that the test was not only to give a robust outlook to the Ghanaian educational system but also to reduce Literacy Poverty in the students.
According to the World Bank, Learning poverty in children is on the rise with 53% of them in 10th grade are unable to read for understanding. This according to Dr Adutwum, needed to be tackled with immediate effect as Ghana is no exception.
He further stated that students waiting till the 9th grade before taking a major exam that is the Basic Education Certificate Examination(B.E.C.E) is too long to attend to the various literacy needs of the children hence the need for the exam.
He also asked parents to also assist them in implementing the new policy.
“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.
“Then we will have the opportunity to track them longitudinally,” he added.
The Minister also stated that government will capitalise on technology to digitise the education sector in Ghana.
He said a dashboard is currently underway that will give his outfit access to evaluate the attendance and performance both teachers and students in every Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assembly.