Ferdinand | EducationGhana |June 27|Changes in Exam Centres for GTLE helped expose the failures – NTC
The National Teaching Council (NTC) has indicated that the changes in the exam centres for candidates of the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination 9GTLE) have helped expose the failures in the examination.
The Executive Director of the NTC, Dr Christian Addai Poku made this known during his submission on the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Sunday night current affairs programme “TALKING POINT” on June 25, 2023.
Speaking on the failure of over 85% of candidates who sat for the resit exams in March this year, Dr Addai Pku said the decision to change the exam venue for all candidates, where candidates were not allowed to write the exams on their own campuses helped checked and expose the quality of teachers being trained for the basic and senior high schools in the county.
He added, that initially, the invigilators in the various institutions tend to allow the candidates to engage in exam malpractices without the notice of the NTC.
He said since the invigilators who were tutors and lecturers from the institutions do not invigilate their own students, the rate of malpractice was minimized, a situation that exposed the quality of trainees who took the GTLE.
Dr Addai Poku said when candidates visit the portal to register, they shall not be given their institutions as possible exam centres to select from.
Dr Christian Addai Poku also indicated that aside from the centre changes to curb exam malpractices, the NTC also introduced an item differentiation strategy where candidates have different positions for the possible answers for each multiple-choice question.
He explained that with item differential, though the candidates were answering the same questions, the possible answers were placed in different positions which the candidates were not known and that also led t the massive failure of the candidates.
The NTC executive director said as a way of helping solve the failure of candidates in the GTLE, Each candidate after registering shall be directed to Test Preparation questions which were about 600.
The questions were meant to guide the candidates and to help them follow the procedures for answering the GTLE questions.
A total of 6,451 (83.5%) teachers failed the 2023 Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination conducted in May 2023.
The results were released by the National Teaching Council after the teachers wrote the re-sit papers.
Giving a statistical breakdown of the results in a Citi News interview, the Public Relations Officer for the Council, Dennis Osei-Owusu, indicated that out of the 7,728 teachers who participated in the re-sit exams, only 1,277 passed.
He raised concerns about the outcome of the licensure re-sit exams and its implications on the educational sector.
“In all we had 7,728 candidates sat for the exams and these candidates were all resiters. They are teachers who had written it before and they couldn’t make it. The least is twice written, and the highest is 9 times. These are the group of people who sat for the exams. Only 1,277 passed the exams, they are the only people who passed and don’t have a deficit again. 16.5% of them passed the exams.
“It’s a national security threat, we have people going to the classrooms to teach our future generations and if I tell you the kind of things some of them wrote, you ask the kind of training they had in their various training institutions before they got here. Everything shows that most of them are not ready to be teachers, they just want to explore the system,” the Public Relations Officer of the National Teaching Council highlighted.
Meanwhile, Dennis Osei-Owusu outlined some alternative measures for candidates who failed the licensure re-sit exams.
“They still have the opportunity to write once more. We have introduced a reform, where the nature of the exams is going to change. And so they are doing the last one, they are going to be given a last opportunity to write, if they are not able to make it, then they have to join the reform and pick the exams again.
“Those who qualify for the reform are only teachers with bachelor’s degrees. If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree and you want to join the reform or subject-based up-grade, then they have to get a degree before they can come and sit for that one, that is the arrangements we have for them,” he noted.
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