The maiden edition of the National Standardized Test is set to begin December 17, 2021, for public schools but private school students next year will sit for the second edition of the exams, the Council of Private Schools said on Tuesday.
Mr Enoch Gyetuah, the National Executive Director for the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) Tuesday told EducationWeb.com.gh his outfit has finalised arrangements for private schools to be included in the test.
“We have had a series of meetings on this standard assessment with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and have concluded that from the next academic year, NSAT 2022 will cover all Schools in both the public and private sector.
As it stands now, this pilot assessment whose focus is on the basic 4 class is for only public schools. NSAT 2022 and beyond will however focus on classes 2, 4, 6, & 8,” the Executive Director for the Council told EducationWeb.
The Educationist however indicated it is currently unclear whether or not the private schools will be paying for taking the national standardised examination which seeks to improve learning outcomes and reduce learning poverty.
Mr Gyetuah said GNACOPS is at the concluding stages of entering into a partnership with an international assessment provider to offer some form of international assessment services to private school students in the country.
“The focus here is to make the assessment results one that has both national and international recognition. This forms part of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) efforts to ensure quality assessment,” he stated.
The 2021 standardized examination earlier scheduled for November 2021 according to the Ghana Education Service (GES) will be conducted on Friday, December 17, 2021, for all primary four public students across the country.
The Education Service in a social media post on Monday said basic schools as a result of the impending National Standardised examination will vacate on December 17, 2021, the same date the test will be conducted.
“The 2021 National Standardised Test for primary four students will be written on the 17th of December 2021. As a result, all Basic schools will vacate on the 17th of December 2021,” the spokesperson for GES said in the blog post.
The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has disclosed the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) responsible for the conduct of BECE and WASSCE for School will administer the December 17 , 2021 examination.