The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) participated in the National Education Week (NEW) Celebrations, at the Accra International Conference Centre from the 10th to the 14th of October, 2022. It was under the auspices of the Ministry of Education(MoE) and had in attendance the Senior Advisor to the President, Honourable Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Honourable Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister for Education, and the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of General Education, Honourable Reverend John Ntim Fordjour. This year’s theme was “Re-assessing Educational Policies for Effective Service Delivery and National Transformation”.
The chosen theme was uniquely selected to help re-trace the government’s education reform agenda that started in the year 2017. This was to help chart newer paths to strengthen the education reform agenda going forward – based on an aggregation of lucid suggestions and ideas from the broad spectrum of stakeholders within the education space.
As part of the NEW celebrations, Prof. Edward Appiah, the Director-General for NaCCA, made a presentation on the National Standardised Test (NST) and Assessment. In his presentation, he emphasised the goal of the NST being to help track the proficiency level of learners and to help with targeted policy interventions aimed at improving the national proficiency level (in literacy and numeracy). Data from the maiden NST organised in 2021, for P4 learners across the country in Mathematics and English was highlighted. Prof. Appiah also took turns to dispel the notion of the NST being a high-stake examination.