The Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei-Adutwum has announced the government’s intention to organize periodic national exams for primary students across the country.
The move is aimed at improving the education system.
Dr. Adutwum says that students who are currently in class four will be the first to sit for the exam.
The students will be tested again in primary five and primary six.
Addressing a press briefing in Accra on Sunday on President Akufo-Addo’s Education Agenda, the Minister explained that the exams will help improve learning outcomes.
He said that it will also help identify the challenges facing the education system in the areas of literacy and mathematics.
“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…Our Human Capital Index in 0.44, that is why the President says transform the space, so transforming of the space means that all fourth graders (Primary Four students) this year are going to be tested across the length and breadth of this country, every one of them 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.
He added that “A national standardized test which has been done in Singapore and other places is going to be a reality under the watch and leadership of President Akufo-Addo.”