Majority failed 7th teacher licensure exams – Examiners report

NTC reschedules date for 2022 teacher licensure exams

Some candidates who sat for the just-ended October 2021 Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) performed well but the majority of them could not beat the pass mark, Chief Examiners report on the test disclosed on Wednesday.

The 7th edition of the national teacher licensure examination was administered by the Management of the National Teaching Council (NTC) on 25th and 26th October 2021 in 20 examination centres across the country.

A total of 4,929 graduate teachers registered for all three subjects – Numeracy, Literacy and Essential Professional Skills. There were also 8219 re-sit candidates bringing the total number of candidates to 13148 who wrote the examination.

The Registrar of NTC, Dr Christian Addai Poku commenting on the licensure examination results released on Tuesday said the conduct of the 2021 GTLE has been one of the most successful and incident-free teacher exams in the country.

He commended all relevant stakeholders, particularly exam officials, candidates, and service providers for their contribution to making the administration of the first and second phase of the 2021 examination successful.

Dr Addai-Poku indicated that the 7th Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE) was preceded by the development of online test preps to assist prospective candidates to prepare adequately for the examination.

“The link to the portal was sent to all the registered candidates to use the preparatory materials for their studies. A report indicates that a sizeable number of the candidates made good use of the portal,” he said on Tuesday.

He furthered that the national teacher licensure examination is currently undergoing several reforms to be effective next year. The changes he said includes the Subject-Based Test (SBT) and Computer-Based Test (CBT).

According to the Council’s Registrar, the new reforms will help test both the professionalism and proficiency of the candidates.

The Deputy Education Minister, John Ntim Fordjour on his part said commended the Management of the National Teaching Council (NTC) and its key stakeholders for successfully pulling through the 7th teacher licensure test.

The Reverend Minister and the Assin South Member of Parliament admonished the National Teaching Council and the Chief Examiners not to kowtow to the pressure from candidates to lower standards of the conduct of the examination

“NTC must remain firm and resolute to ensure that the highest standards are maintained. This is the best way we can select the right crop of teachers to man our classrooms to improve education at the basic level,” Ntim Fordjour noted.