The developing story is real but it seems people, particularly private school teachers in Ghana are not taking the National Teaching Council (NTC) and the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) serious.
The effect of the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China and has spread throughout the world causing a pandemic is clear on the side of the private sector of education.
President Akufo-Addo in his first televised nation’s address on Sunday, March 15 directed for the closure of all schools in the country as part of measures to slow and curb the locally transmitted coronavirus that has least claimed 153 lives as of the time writing this post.
Since the unexpected announcement by Akufo-Addo, teachers in the private school’s life has never been the same. in fact they have really suffered in all aspects financially and emotionally.
An earlier announcement by the National Teaching Council (NTC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education (MoE) has made the situation even worst for the private school teachers.
The Management of the National Teaching Council (NTC) has stated that it will soon stop all teachers without Professional teaching licenses from private schools across the country.
The Executive Secretary, Christian Addai Poku disclosed this when he joined the Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh to inspect the first batch of teachers writing this year’s Licensure Exams at the St Louis Teacher Training School in Kumasi on Sunday.
Mr Christian Addai Poku said the Teaching Council will ensure that any person who teaches in a private or public school has been certified through the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE).
The Secretary furthered that his outfit is liaising with private school proprietors on a roadmap to remove all unqualified teachers on their payroll.
According to Addai Poku, it will soon be impossible for private schools to employ teachers who have not written the mandatory licensure exams.
He furthered that it will soon be impossible for private schools to employ teachers who have not written the compulsory licensure exams.
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) in line with the National Teaching Council (NTC) decision has hinted to roll out a 4-year Degree in International Education Program in September this year.
The 4-year Degree in International Education Program is purposively to train and certified graduates teaching various Private schools in the country without a recognised teaching license.
The Executive Secretary of GNACOPS, Mr Enoch Kwesi Gyetuah who disclosed this in an interview with Georgeweb.org on Wednesday, July 22, said the program has been scheduled to commence September 2020.
Mr Gyetuah speaking in the interview said a teacher after a successful completion of the 4-year program will be accessed and licensed by the National Teaching Council (NTC) as a professional teacher using Modular and Cumulative Assessment.
Mr Gyetuah, when asked if there will be any fee-paying, said “there will be a fee-paying, the leadership of Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) will in due course announce the fees to be paid by a student”
The GNACOPS Secretary said teachers after the program will have their academic certificate as Degree in International Education and will also be able to teach in both public and private schools.
Additionally, the National Teaching Council (NTC) will licence them to work in the country as a professional teacher.
At this stage is up to an unlicensed private school teacher to decide whether to register with the National Teaching Council (NTC) or the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS). The Education Ministry has registered agreement with the National Teaching Council to remove all unqualified private and public school teachers from the classroom.