The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has been identified as the university with the greatest number of failures in the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination based on current analysis covering three years of the examination’s existence.
On June 25, 2023, Dr. Christian Adai Poku, the Registrar of the National Teaching Council (NTC), made this admission during his participation on the current affairs show “TALKING POINT” on the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).
According to the data, the University of Cape Coast had a failure rate of 47%, compared to 45% for the University of Education and 26% for the Colleges of Education. It’s interesting to note that the results seem to favor applicants from colleges of education over those from universities.
Prof. Samuel Atintono, President of the Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education and Principal of Accra College of Education, commented on the relatively reduced failure rates in the colleges of education and ascribed their success to the usage of a standardized curriculum. The National Teachers Standards and other crucial elements for teacher development are covered in this curriculum.
In the background, the recently released results of the 2023 Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination revealed that a total of 6,451 teachers (83.5% of participants) failed the exam. These results were made public by the National Teaching Council after the teachers had taken the re-sit papers. Out of the 7,728 teachers who participated in the re-sit exams, only 1,277 passed.
Dennis Osei-Owusu, the Public Relations Officer for the Council, expressed concerns about the implications of the licensure re-sit exam outcomes on the education sector. He emphasized that the results pose a national security threat, questioning the quality of training received by some of the teachers in their respective training institutions.
For applicants who failed the license re-sit examination, Osei-Owusu indicated alternate methods. He indicated that candidates will get a second chance to take the test. However, there will be a change in the exams’ format.
For this reform, only teachers with a bachelor’s degree would be qualified. Candidates who don’t have a bachelor’s degree will need to get one in order to take the redesigned exam.
The predicament demonstrates the requirement for extensive changes in teacher training and education, as well as for tougher controls to assure the proficiency of instructors before they join the classroom.
The National Teaching Council is working to improve the quality of education in Ghana and make sure that teachers are prepared to raise the nation’s future generations by addressing these challenges through reforms and updating teacher license requirements.
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