Teacher licensure exams is crucial in ensuring quality, don't think of canceling it - CETAG to Mahama
The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) has reacted to a proposal by former President John Mahama to cancel the teacher licensure exams when elected as president in 2024.
To CETAG, the teacher licensure exams plays a crucial role in ensuring quality in the profession hence it should not be cancelled.
The flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama as part of his campaign message for the 2024 elections has said a future NDC government will abolish the exams.
In a radio interview with Accra based Citi FM on Monday November 20, the President of CETAG, Prince Obeng Himah said the licensure exams was very significant in ensuring the competence and quality in 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.”
Why Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination
The National Teaching Council (NTC) is mandated by Section 9 of the Education Act, 2008 (Act 778) to improve the professional standing and status of teachers, license and register teachers in Ghana.
The first-ever teacher licensure examination was written in September 2018.
The purpose of the examination is to enable qualified teachers to acquire a professional licence and also attract excellent young graduates from the universities and colleges of education who have the required professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to deliver effectively in schools.