The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof Kwasi-Opoku Amankwa has said the Government of Ghana (GoG) cancelling the NTC teacher licensure examination will be a step in the wrong direction.
He in an interview monitored by Educationweb.com.gh said “If that happens, then we will still keep our teachers below international standards, adding that “But we have to make every effort to bring them at par with their counterparts elsewhere, and that is the best practice everywhere.”
According to him, graduate teachers sitting for the 3 hour Ghana teacher licensure examination administered by the National Teaching Council (NTC) will indicate the country is serious about the quality of education.
“If we want quality education then we should as a nation be very serious about the professionalism of teachers in the country, of which teacher licensing and continuous professional development are a part”
The Director-General of the Education Service noted that “we cannot as a developing country reverse the professionalism of teachers or cancel the licensure examination and continue to shout about quality of education.”
“That is why it is now compulsory for every graduate teacher to complete the compulsory one-year national service and pass the mandatory teacher licensure examination before allowed to teach in a classroom,” he stated.