New vacation date for Basic Schools ;December 17 scheduled for National Standardized Test for Basic 4 Learners

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EducationGhana |December 05| National Standardized Test for Basic 4 Learners: The Ghana Education Service has announced December 17, 2021, as the official date for the National Standardized Test for Basic 4 Learners in all public schools.

The GES in a Facebook post on Monday, December 5, 2021, indicated that the National Standardized Test for Basic 4 Learners which takes place on December 17 shall affect the Academic Calendar for Basic Schools.

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”National Standardised Test for P4 will be written on the 17th of December 2021.
As a result, all Basic schools will vacate on the 17th of December 2021.”
The GES  said it will make up for the lost vacation period in the next academic calendar.
Statistics
Some 561,595 Primary 4 Public School pupils shall be writing the test in 2,609 Examination centres in some 15,911 schools.
The Test is expected to take an average of 200 pupils per centre.

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Background
The  National Standards Test (NST) assess their knowledge, skills, values and attitudes, which is central to the new pre-tertiary education curriculum.

The National Standards Test is in response to Ghana’s Education Strategic Plan from 2018 to 2030, which prioritizes improving learning outcomes at all levels by creating a national standards-based assessment at the pre-tertiary level, to measure the quality of learning achievements before the end of Junior High School.

The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum, during the Minister’s media briefing, in Accra months ago, organised by the Information Ministry indicated that as part of the government’s quest to build a robust education system, it would introduce the National Standards Test to assess and generate evidence on students’ achievement against set national competency standards in literacy and numeracy.

The test, he said, would inform targeted remedial interventions to ensure that students achieve the desired proficiency in literacy and numeracy.

“The basic four pupils would be the first batch to undergo the novelty test this year. The test would not only improve learning outcomes but also reduce “Learning Poverty” across the country.

It wouldn’t be beneficial for pupils to wait for 11 years before writing their first national examination, Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), winch made it difficult to rectify literacy and numeracy challenges”, he said.

Download the Regulations for the National Standardized Test for Basic 4 Learners HERE

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