Teachers Told To Register For License Or Be Disqualified

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum

All teachers in Ghana, would have to acquire a license in order to be qualified to practice their profession.

As a result, teachers employed by the Ghana Education Service (GES) before September 1, 2018, have been asked to register online and qualify for the license to be issued by the National Teaching Council (NTC).

It's unclear, how different this is linked to the controversial teacher licensure exams which the Akufo-Addo government had to withdraw months before the 2020 general election after protest from various teacher associations.

According to a letter in circulation, the teachers concerned have up till Friday, May 7 to register.

The letter written by NTC's Registrar, Christian Addai-Poku, to the Director General of the GES, said this is part of the teacher professionalisation process and it affects both public and private sector practitioners.

"For the avoidance of doubt, qualified teachers are teachers who have been trained and certified as teachers by accredited colleges and universities that train teachers.

"It is to be noted that all teachers who were employed after 31st August, 2018 are required to pass the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination to merit the license and registration number.

"Thus, their professional license shall be replaced with a full license during the exercise."

According to the letter, those who fail to avail themselves for this process shall lose their right to practice as teachers in Ghana in accordance with Section 64(1) of the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020, Act 1023.

In 2018, the National Teaching Council (NTC) indefinitely suspended the teacher licensure exam.

The GES, had advocated that teachers should pass a special examination after mandatory training before being granted a licence to teach.

This was part of measures to enforce discipline and eliminate non-performing teachers from the system, in accordance with the Teachers Licensing Policy under the Education Act 778 (2008).

The maiden examination was scheduled to start in September 2018, but the policy was met with some resistance from various teacher unions and other teacher-related groups amidst calls for sensitisation.

However, a statement signed by Executive Secretary to the NTC, Evelyn Oduro, announced that the licensure exam has been suspended indefinitely.

According to the NTC, the exam would now be incorporated into the curriculum of the Bachelors' Degree programmes to be introduced into the 46 Colleges of Education starting 2018/2019 academic year.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com