The Deputy Minister for Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour has said the government is putting effective measures in place to ensure school-going children by the age of ten years in the country are able to read and write.
He made this during the presentation of some items to the Assin Asamankese D/A Basic School. The donation included exercise books, sets of crayons, pencil packs, veronica buckets, handwashing soap and a digital piano.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour stated that one of these interventions, spearheaded by the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, was the introduction of the National Standardized Test (NST) scheduled for September this year.
The Deputy Education Minister indicated that the National Standardized Test (NST) aimed not only at seeking to improve learning outcomes but also at reducing learning poverty across the country.
Rev Ntim said all Primary 4 pupils will be the first batch to sit for this test, adding that it will also give the government the opportunity to assess the challenges inherent and undertake the remedial actions when they were in class five.
He appealed to the Chiefs, Parents, Guardians, and members of the general public to give the Government of Ghana (GoG) it’s full backing to implement solid policies and programs for the betterment of the country.
“Children are the future of the country, and nothing should hinder them from achieving their dreams. There are, among them, those with exceptional talents and skills, gifted and talented kids and they need to be guided and mentored appropriately’, the Deputy Minister said.