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Our Basic schools are unlikely to write end of term examination (Opinion)

It has been almost three months since Basic Schools resumed from the Coronavirus pandemic break. Teachers and pupils were asked to use the first eight weeks of the term to recover what was lost during the lengthy period outside the classroom.

The long Coronavirus break has complled the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education to change the academic calendar and structure of basic schools in the country.

All primary schools are scheduled to vacate next month (April 2021) as they are not running the semester programme.

The question is, would primary school pupils write end of term examination?

Here are reasons why they are not likely to write this term's examination.

I. The terminal examination will overburden the Government

The Coronavirus has hit our revenue targets very hard but has increased government's expenditure on essential goods and services. Since Basic Education is free in Ghana, writing of terminal examination will bring another financial obligation on the Government of Ghana.

2. Ambiguous curriculum

Teachers, parents and the general public are not abreast with how assessments of our school children should be conducted based on the new Curriculum. There seem to be back and forth information about whether examinations are going to be part of our assessment processes.

3. Frequent power outages

Teachers are a few weeks away from the end of the term. Should they be able to set the examination questions, the frequency of recent power outage (dumsuor) will not make the question papers ready in time for the examination.

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