Former president John Mahama’s intention to abolish the teacher licensure exams upon his election as president in 2024 prompted a response from the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG).
According to CETAG, the teacher licencing examination is essential to maintaining the profession’s quality, so they shouldn’t be abolished.
As part of his 2024 campaign platform, opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate John Mahama declared that the examination would be eliminated by an NDC government in the future.
The CETAG President, Prince Obeng Himah, stated in a Monday, November 20, radio interview with Citi FM in Accra that the licence exams is crucial in guaranteeing the quality and competency of the teaching professionals.
“In my opinion, it is something that is good and it shouldn’t be cancelled. That is CETAG, we have stated that we should implement what we agreed two years ago when we had a conference that the students wanting to enter the teaching profession should be subjected to entrance exams.”
The Purpose of the Ghana Teacher Licensure Exam
Section 9 of the Education Act, 2008 (Act 778) mandates that the National Teaching Council (NTC) licence and register teachers in Ghana and work to elevate the professional position and standing of teachers in the country.
In September 2018, the first-ever teacher licensure examination was administered.
In addition to attracting exceptional recent graduates from universities and education colleges who possess the professional knowledge, abilities, and attitudes needed to instruct in classrooms, the examination’s goal is to allow certified teachers to obtain a professional licence.
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