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Reorganise the National Standardized Test (NST) for Schools

Eduwatch, after a stakeholder forum on the NST 2022, has called on the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) to reorganise the National Standardized Test (NST) for Basic four learners in public and private schools who could not participate in the 2022 edition of the Test for various reasons.

The 2022 edition of the National Standardised Test (NST) for Basic 4 learners took
place on Friday December 16, 2022.

This was preceded by a two-week Basic 2 NSTexercise which was largely successful.

On Sunday, December 18, 2022, Eduwatch held a rapid stakeholder review of the 2022 NST to discuss the successes and challenges as part of efforts to improve.

It emerged primarily, that the test scheduled for 9:00 AM, ended up starting at 11:00 AM, and in some cases, after 3:00 PM, leading to the exclusion of some learners from this important diagnostic exercise.

For instance, in Opah M/A Primary school in Ga West Municipal in the Greater Accra
region, the test started as late as 3:30 PM resulting in learners being able to write only
the English language paper.

In that same district, learners at the Epiphany Anglican
Basic school were unable to write both papers at all.

Some learners in public and private schools were unable to participate in both subjects in the assessment.

Less than 8% of private schools participated in the NST for Basic 4 pupils due to poor
coordination.

Many private schools could not participate, even though made full payment to NaCCA. It is worth emphasising, that the participation of all Ghanaian basic school learners, whether public or private is critical to improving teaching, learning and learning outcomes in line with the SDG 4 targets.

We call on the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) to organise a
mop up exercise at the beginning of the next academic year, for private schools who
paid but could not participate in the test, and public schools who could not write all
papers.

NaCCA and the Ministry of Education must create a space for Civil Society participation
in the planning and monitoring of the NST. This should start with a multi-stakeholder
review of the 2022 NST for the purpose of improving the process.

A memorandum detailing key issues and recommendations for improving NST
organization has been submitted to NaCCA and the NST Coordinator at the Ministry of
Education.

A formal memorandum of issues and recommendations for improving the NST has been submitted to NaCCA and the Ministry of Education for their consideration and action.

Kindly find below the memorandum and an accompanying statement.

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MEMO - Eduwatch Memo to NaCCA on NST 2022

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