On the 17th of this month, all primary four (4) students in public schools will take the new National Standards Test (NST) to assess their knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes, which is a key component of the new pre-tertiary education curriculum.
All head teachers and primary teachers are expected to assist in the preparation of students for this first national test. This means that all primary teachers and students in Basic 4 will be required to remain on campus until the specified date.
Parents should be informed of this new development so that they can prepare their children, especially since they will be in school when their colleagues are at home.
All headteachers are urged to share this information with their entire staff, particularly the Basic 4 teachers. Inform them of the various centers and the procedures that will be followed.
The GES management in each District and Municipality has yet to inform all primary teachers about how the examinations will be administered, since most instructors are unaware of the papers that the students will take and where they will write.
The test takes place in the context of what Ghana’s Education Minister announced during a press conference in Accra on Sunday, June 6th, 2021.
Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum, Minister of Education, said during a media briefing organized by the Information Ministry in Accra a few months ago that the government would introduce the National Standards Test to assess and generate evidence on students’ achievement against set national competency standards in literacy and numeracy as part of the government’s quest to build a robust education system.
According to him, the exam will guide targeted remedial interventions to ensure that pupils acquire the requisite reading and numeracy skills.
The first edition of the standardized test was supposed to be released in November 2021, but it never happened. Basic schools are scheduled to evacuate on the 7th and 10th of December for JHS and Primary Schools, respectively, according to the GES calendar.