Pupils from Kindergarten to Primary 6 in all public schools in the country are set to enjoy an examination free term as the Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Opoku Amankwah has confirmed the cancellation of the end of term examinations, ABC News can report.
According to Professor Amankwah, this new mode of assessment is in accordance with the new basic school curriculum.
He added, these changes will help Ghana embrace world best practices of assessing students through other means so that Ghana can gradually shift from the traditional modes of assessment which does not favour some students who are brilliant but fail exams.
He, however, debunked claims that this new twist is a form of coverup for the government and the GES’s inability to pay the printing fees for pupils which they absorbed in times past.
He insisted that this is one of the world’s best practice in educating pupils and not an attempt to hold brief for the government as it has been rumoured.
“At the end of this term, it is true we won’t write exams,” Professor Opoku Amankwah emphasised.
He further explained that “There are different forms of assessment. One of them is the written exams that we know. Even with this one which is the common one that we are aware of, although we do, it is not done in the right way. We don’t send to children to school just to pass or fail exams. Every student has a hidden talent and it’s the responsibility of the school to unearth those talents. With this, the written exams are not the only means of helping pupils to discover their talents.”
“It is on this premise that the new curriculum is built in order to use other effective forms of assessment to help students discover their talents and develop their skills and attitude,” Professor Amankwaa said in an interview with U TV