In response to former President John Mahama’s suggestion to abolish the teacher licensure tests upon his election in 2024, the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) has taken a stand.
According to CETAG, the teacher licensing tests are essential to maintaining the profession’s quality, so they shouldn’t be abolished.
As part of his 2024 campaign platform, opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate John Mahama declared that the tests would be eliminated by an NDC government in the future.
The CETAG President, Prince Obeng Himah, stated in a Monday, November 20, radio interview with Citi FM in Accra that the license tests were crucial in guaranteeing the quality and competency of the teaching professionals.
It’s a good idea, in my opinion, and it shouldn’t be canceled. That is CETAG; we have said that we will carry out the decision we made during a conference two years ago to require entrance tests for students wishing to pursue careers as teachers.
The National Teaching Council (NTC) is mandated by Section 9 of the Education Act, 2008 (Act 778) to improve the professional standing and status of teachers, license, and register teachers in Ghana. The first-ever teacher licensure examination was written in September 2018.
The exam’s goals are to provide qualified educators with the means to obtain a professional license and to draw exceptional recent graduates from education-focused universities and colleges who possess the professional knowledge, abilities, and dispositions needed to teach in classrooms.