Cancel Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE) and resume automatic recruitment of graduate teachers.
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has called for the cancellation of teacher licensure examination. This call follows the failure of 7,553 of the 34,724 candidates who applied for the May 2021/2022 Licensure Examination this year.
The Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination, according to Mr. Angel Carbonu, President of NAGRAT, speaking on behalf of the teacher union in an interview monitored by georgeweb.org, said, is a government strategy to limit the intake of teachers in the public sector.
He also added that, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), believe that teachers should be certified to teach, but they disagree that they should have to pass a licensure exam first.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has been asked by the Minority in Parliament and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) to suspend the conduct of the teacher licensing exams, review the teacher education curriculum and integrate licensure into the course content as credit hours that students can earn toward their certification.
Automatic teacher recruitment, according to the Minority, should be resumed after a term of study is completed so that teachers do not remain unemployed at home and become a financial burden on their parents.
Meanwhile, the National Teaching Council (NTC), which is in charge of supervising the license exams, has announced that another exam for graduate teachers who failed the May edition will be held in September this year.
According to the timetable for the 2021 Ghana teacher licensing examination (GTLE), the second phase of the national teacher examination for new candidates and re-sitters will begin on September 23 and 24, 2021.
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.
The purpose of Licensing Examination is to enable candidates (Teachers) to acquire a professional license. it also aims at preparing teachers to meet the demands of the National Teachers’ Standards of possessing the minimum knowledge, skills, values and attitudes (competences and experiences) necessary to deliver effectively in schools.