The National Teaching Council (NTC) as part of efforts to ensure all teachers in the country are licensed has said it will in the next academic year roll out new reforms to improve the conduct of the 2022 teacher licensure examination.
Dr Christian Addai Poku, the Registrar of the Council in a blog post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said his outfit next year will introduce a subject bases testing and Computer bases testing (CBT) to examine proficiency of teachers.
“The reforms will include the introduction of subject and computer-based testing which will examine the proficiency of teachers in their areas of specialization as we do away with paper and pen testing currently ongoing,” Dr Addai said.
He also said NTC in the next academic year intend to strengthen cooperation between us and teachers, particularly, through their unions to ensure that we get the best of deals for teachers and to raise standards of our profession.
“NTC intend to work more closely with teacher education institutions as we move into full gear on our regulatory functions at the initial teacher preparation level in terms of accreditation and curriculum development for teacher education institutions.
We want to see our profession populated with teachers who are imbued with high professional standards and ready to deliver the highest quality education to improve learning outcomes,” the Teaching Council Registrar said on Saturday.
Commenting on the nationwide issuance of license cards to public teachers which commenced mid this year, Dr Christain Addai Poku disclosed about 129,000 licenses have been issued to qualified teachers across the country.
“In 2021, NTC began a successful rollout of in-service teachers’ licensing as part of the Teacher professionalization process. So far, one hundred and twenty-nine thousand (129,000) licenses have been issued,” Mr Christian noted
As a regulatory body, the Registrar said the National Teaching Council will continue to execute its core mandate as captured in the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020 (Act 1023) and continue the issuance process in 2022.
The Educationist as the 2021 academic year ends has extended his sincerest gratitude to the staff of NTC and other stakeholders including Teacher Unions, Teacher Education Institutions and teachers for their immeasurable support.
“As we take a giant step into 2022, I am of the firm belief that it will be a year full of prospects and accomplishments,” the Registrar of the National Teaching Council, Dr Christian Addai Poku said in a goodwill message to the public.