The COVID-19 edition of the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examinations (GTLE) begins today, Thursday, October 1 and ends tomorrow ,Friday, October 2. 2020.
The examination, which was postponed due to Colleges opf Education Second Semester Examination from July 2020 shall be succesfully executed today and tommorrow.
This will be the fourth examination in the history of the teaching profession as well as Teacher Education in Ghana after the examination began in 2018.
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A statement issued by the Executive Secretary of the National Teaching Council (NTC), Christian Addai-Poku, on Tuesday, September 29 said 31,167 candidates will sit the exams at 49 centres this year.
“NTC urges candidates to note that the GTLE is to further quality-assure their training as professionals and will help enhance their professional status, both nationally and internationally.
“Candidates are therefore expected to exhibit the highest level of professionalism before, during and after the examination.”
The Education Act (Act 778) passed in 2008 led to the setting up of the Council with responsibility for setting professional standards, registering and licensing teachers.
Since 2018, the Council has put in place the mechanisms for conducting a rigorous and credible teacher licensure examination for persons seeking to teach in pre-tertiary schools.
The mandate of the Council is further consolidated in Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020, Act 1023.
Mahama and NTC on Suspension of Exams
The National Teaching Council (NTC) earlier debunked assertions by the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama that the council suspended the teacher licensure examinations due to political pressure.
John Mahama at a town hall meeting in Kumasi on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, suggested that the Akufo-Addo government is implementing policies in the NDC’s 2020 manifesto including the cancellation of the teacher licensure exam.
“The NPP seems to be implementing some of the policies captured in our manifesto. Recently, they revealed that consultations have begun to review the law banning the activities of okada riders. Similarly, the teacher licensure exam has been suspended after we promised to cancel it in our manifesto.”
“In the same vein, owners of private schools are being engaged after we promised to extend the coverage of the free SHS policy to such schools in deprived areas without government’s free SHS. Even though they accused us of not thinking through our promises, the NPP is implementing them”.
But the Public Relations Officer of the National Teaching Council, Dennis Osei-Owusu, on the matter, said the exam was postponed to 1st and 2nd October due to changes in the timetable of continuing students of Colleges of Education.
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