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Basic schools to write a National Standard Assessment Test beginning from next year-NaCCA boss

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Former Director-General of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), -Dr. Prince Hamid Armah

The Director-General of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), Dr. Prince Hamid Armah has disclosed that basic schools will from the next academic year write a National Standard Assessment Test (NSAT).

This exam will specifically be written by pupils in basic 2, 4, 6, and basic 8 (JHS). Meanwhile, basic 3 would be added as a compensatory year. This would help fill gaps that were observed after conducting the NSAT in primary 2 according to the Director-General.

In his submission on Peace FM’s Kokroko show earlier this morning, he disclosed that the previous education curriculum was mainly theoretical and therefore needed a curriculum that will cater for the practical aspect. He however added that many factors accounted for the mass failure of students which included teachers. He, therefore, said the council has deployed individuals across the country to supervised this curriculum. According to him, the new standard-based curriculum will cater for the four core competencies which include, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

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“This would, as a result, help the child acquire all the 4Rs which is Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Creativity. Students will be able to think outside the box with the 4Rs”, he stated.

He also revealed that the new curriculum is an inclusive one that seeks to focus on an individual.

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He also reiterated that the common core programmes are to enhance the smooth transition from the Senior High School to Senior High School. It however wishes to achieve all the 4Rs with six key core competencies which starts with JHS  1 pupils.

He also assured the education stakeholders and the general public that the new curriculum for the Junior high school will be implemented in January next year.

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