John Mahama has reiterated his position on the teacher licensure examination. John Mahama has once again promised to scrap the teacher licensure examination when elected as president. He believes that such examination is needless.
According to him, the concept surrounding the entire licensure examination was not well thought through which raises some concerns.
He made this revelation at a campaign in the Bono Region. He explained that students do write a lot of examination in school in order to qualify to be a teacher. So there is no need to sit for another examination after school just for a teaching license.
On the back of this, he explained that if there was a general problem with the training colleges when voted into office he would first scrap the existing licensure examination.
Mr Mahama said he will subsequently put in measures to ensure that all individuals who pass through the colleges of education are professional by their graduation dates.
The Former President emphasised that he had the interest of teachers had heart for which reason although he had previously captured this in the 2020 manifesto it will also be captured in his current manifesto.
Months ago, the Teacher’s Licensure Examination sparked debates about the mass failures that were recorded by people who had gone through teacher training colleges.
One of the concerns raised by Dr Christian Addai-Poku, Registrar of the National Teaching Council (NTC) was that these individuals who failed the exams had no business entering classrooms to teach.
According to him, some of them lack even the basic language skills to teach, including some who cannot even construct a five-word sentence correctly, and wondered what medium of communication they would be employing to teach.
In Ghana, the National Teaching Council is mandated by the Education Act 2008 (Act 778), section 9 to improve professional standing and status of teachers and to license and register teachers in Ghana.
In order to be recognized as a teacher in Ghana, one must pass the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination(GTLE