I support the appeal to the Ministry of Education for the publication of the full results of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). Recent reports in the media indicate that the present Minister of Education is pleased with the results. One gets the impression that the Minister is pleased with the results of the top performers, the top 100 pupils who wrote the exam. I am assuming that the decision makers at the Ministry of Education are numerate and that they realize that the top 100 pupils represent less than 1% of the students who wrote the exam, In fact, it represents less than 0.02%!
In simple terms, it means that for every 170 students who wrote the exams, one student got accepted at a good school! That is a very disturbing statistic! What that means is that we have in our schools thousands of pupils who lack the foundational skills. That is unacceptable.
It would be very revealing when the full results are published. Would the Minister be pleased then?
Publish the results so all can see. Failing to do so would make many of us draw the most unflattering inferences.
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