A Deputy National Coordinator of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Ekow Gyan has said that the National Teaching Council ( NTC ) has been Legally mandated to only Register and License teachers but not to conduct Licensure Examinations.
Ekow Djan who represents the TEIN Southern Sector said this at a panel discussion with Ellis Ferdinand on his Saturday morning Socio-Political and Current Affairs Programme, THE FORUM hosted on Summer 106.9 FM in Accra on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
According to him, ”The qualification for a teacher to be issued with a license has been boldly stated in section 12 of the Education Act; that a teacher should possess at least an initial teacher certification. Under no circumstance does the act authorizes NTC to conduct examination for trainee teachers”.
Response to IFEST
In response to a statement issued by the Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) against the decision by the NDC Minority in Parliament calling for a scrap of the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination, describing the NDC’s request as retrogressive, the TEIN National Deputy Coordinator said IFEST’s attack on the NDC was out of context.
”IFEST to suggest that the Education Act, Act 778 makes room for the National Teaching Council( NTC) to conduct GTLE is factually inaccurate. Sections twelve(12) and thirteen(13) of the Education Act mandate the NTC to ONLY license and register teachers” He argued.
”It’s a fact that until 2020 that President Akufo-Addo’s administration saw the passage of the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020, Act 1023, there was no law backing the NTC to conduct the examination.” He said.
Gyan further elaborated, that the NTC has rather deviated from its mandate. He indicated, that Since 2018, no teacher from colleges of education has been registered and even till now over 50% of teachers have not been issued with a license..
”The NTC has rather deviated from its mandate. Since 2018, no teacher from colleges of education has been registered and even till now over 50% of teachers have not been issued with a license.” He said.
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The Minority in Parliament, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has indicated that the Education Act, 2008 (Act 778) does not separate College Exams from Licensure Exams for Licensing of Teacher Trainees.
The Minority in a statement issued on August 26, 2021, criticised the intention of the National Teaching Council (NTC) to fail candidates of the 2021 Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination.
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