The Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) after the Minority in Parliament asked the Ghana Education Service (GES) to suspend the conduct of teacher licensure test has said that is not in the interest of the country’s education system.
IFEST in a release copied to EducationWeb.com.gh commenting on the call for the NTC GTLE to be suspended said despite the majority of candidates failing this year, teacher trainees have come to accept the licensing regime.
“It is therefore intriguing the consistency of the minority that, the GTLE should be scrapped. This position was even captured in the NDC 2020 manifesto. We, however, feel that such a stance is highly uninformed and retrogressive
First of all, licensing examinations all over the world are designed to identify persons who possess the minimum knowledge, experience and skill necessary to perform tasks on a specific job safely and competently.
That is why these examinations are written after the individual has undertaken the relevant programme of study at an accredited tertiary institution. Hence, the GTLE is not different from other professional licensing examinations
The minority and others with similar positions on the GTLE should note that it will not be in the interest of our education system to abolish the examination on the basis that, candidates who sat for the GTLE could not pass.”
According to Education Studies, the opposition instead of calling for the abolishing of the teacher licensure examination should probe the reasons for the mass failure of graduate teachers who sat for the 2021 May GTLE.
“The GTLE might have its own challenges just like any type of assessment model and hence, suggestions should be more geared towards how to address the various challenges and not to call for a scrap,” IFEST stated in the release.
The Minority statement signed by the Ranking Member on Education, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe said the next NDC government in 2025 will abolish the one mandatory National Service and review the licensure examination test