The National Teaching Council (NTC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education (MoE) has said it will soon suspend all unlicensed teachers particularly private school teachers from teaching.
The Executive Secretary of NTC, Christian Addai Poku in an interview with Luv News monitored by Georgeweb.org said his outfit is collaborating with proprietors of private schools on a roadmap to remove unlicensed teachers on their payroll.
“This is to ensure that any person who teaches in a private or public school has been certified through the licensure exams”
He added that it will soon be impossible for private schools to employ teachers who have not written the compulsory licensure exams.
Following this development, Teacher Tapp conducted a survey asking whether private school teachers without a license be considered in the classroom.
At the end of the survey, about 50% of qualified and licensed teachers believes that the National Teaching Council (NTC) should remove all unlicensed or unqualified teachers from the classroom.
However, 1 in 3 disagreed, saying that these teachers should not be removed from their jobs as it could double the level of unemployment in the country.
The Executive Director of GNACOPS, Mr. Enoch Gyetuah, speaking at a press conference said should the Ministry of Education insist on licensing of private school teachers, then at least 400,000 private school teachers in the country will be jobless in September 2020.
Mr. Enoch Gyetuah disclosed that there over 22,000 registered private schools in Ghana, which employ over 400,000 workers and advocate the mastering of quality-based education with emphasis on academic excellence, creative exposures, sporting disciplines, and religious and moral upbringing of students.
Meanwhile, Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) said it had put together a scheme that would help maintain, train, license, and absorb the existing teachers into the profession equally, adding that the scheme is dubbed ‘The GNACOPS Volunteer Service Scheme.
“Although many teachers support the overall principle, there may need to be more considerations paid to how other teachers respond to the changing structure of the teacher workforce”, Teacher Tapp added.
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