The Ghana Education Service (GES) in the 2022 academic year will improve the conduct of promotion aptitude tests for teachers taking a cue from previous experiences and shortfalls in 2021, a source has told EducationWeb.com.gh.
Speaking to EducationWeb on Friday, the source said this forms part of the government efforts to improve the quality of education and teacher professionalization. He said 128,789 teachers have been issued NTC licenses to teach so far.
“The government as part of its plans to promote quality education has issued 128,789 licenses to teachers. it has also decided to improve on the conduct of the aptitude test in 2022 taking a cue from shortfalls in 2021,” he stated.
The reforms come after the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) this year after indicating some teachers had passed the 2021 promotion test later failed them following maintenance on the results checking portal.
This made some teachers who sat for the 2021 February teacher promotion examination and pass but were later failed to gather at the premises of the GES office to express their displeasure regarding the issues with their results.
The teachers numbering close to 300 speaking to journalists said they would linger on at the Ghana Education Service (GES) premises until they received word about when they should return for their promotion letters and upgrades.
They told the media GES Management has treated them unfairly after asking them to submit some documents for promotion as passed staff of the examination but only to discover that they have been failed.
“In any case, the Ghana Education Service (GES) could not have requested unsuccessful applicants to submit documents for further verification, It is our opinion that the GES has not been fair to us,” they told journals.
The aggrieved teachers lamented their failure was a calculated attempt to deny them promotions for reasons best-known to GES but should they not be promoted by Friday, July 17, 2021, they will embark on further action.
But, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa reacting to their concerns said another promotion test will be conducted for teachers who failed the February teachers promotion examination.