Government to assess performance of primary pupils

Cape Coast- As part of measures to transform the educational system in the country, Government would soon introduce a National Assessment Programme to assess the performance of primary pupils across the country.

The assessment which begins next year would see all primary two and four pupils in the country being assessed annually in mathematics and English to identify their strengths and weaknesses in the subjects.

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Deputy Minister of Education, who revealed this, said, the Curricula was therefore being reviewed at the basic level to get the requisite data to enable the Ministry address the weaknesses of pupils in those subjects before it was be too late.

The Deputy Education Minister said the data would facilitate the right interventions and reforms at the basic school level rather than waiting for results of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) statistics.

Dr Adutwum who was briefing the second meeting of the Central Regional Co-ordinating Council in Cape Coast on Thursday, stressed that research data was vital to the nation’s quest to transform its educational system.

Over the years, we have had piloted assessment by private organisations that were not nationwide. Therefore there is the need for an assessment that will provide adequate and correct data for the educational sector to provide the necessary interventions.

If we do not have the right data, our capacity to make decisions to improve learning and teaching would be limited. The only way to improve our educational system is if we have the data to do so, he added.

Dr Adutwum further mentioned that headteachers who consistently recorded zero per cent at the BECE would be removed adding that I will be doing the kids and the nation a disservice if I continue to keep you there as a heads if students are not performing

In this regard, he said the Ghana Education Service (GES) had been tasked by the Ministry to set up a management division with supervisory responsibility over heads to check how schools were run.

He stressed that there was the need to prepare administrators to head the schools, hence the introduction of a professional leadership course to train head teachers and teachers aspiring to be heads.

The training which would be facilitated by the IEPA would equip teachers and head teachers with 21st century skills of school administration such as leadership, finance and human resource management.

Not everybody has to go into school administration, there would be the necessary training where head teachers would undergo the necessary course work at the university to enable them fill the positions, he stated.

Speaking on the double track system, Dr Adutwum urged stakeholders to support the system for the benefit of all.

Mr Kwamena Duncan, the Central Regional Minister said stakeholder engagement on education had been held by the regional coordinating council to identify problems of the schools and to find necessary solutions to them.

He noted that most of the problems facing the schools were infrastructural which Government was addressing and admonished Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executive (MMDCEs) to collaborate with their respective Presiding Members in ensuring the overall success of their assemblies.

He said the Central region should be a place that would benefit the youth engaged in profitable ventures in their communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency