The Minister for Education, Dr Adutwum following calls for the National Teaching Council (NTC) to limit the number of times a candidate can resit the Ghana teacher licensure examination says there will be no cap on the licensure exam resit.
His comment comes after the Africa Education Watch amid the mass failure recorded in the 2023 GTLE resit proposed for the Council to place a limit on the number of times a candidate can sit for the teacher licensure resit examination.
In a social media post, the Executive Director of EduWatch, Kofi Asare said “Is it true some were writing for the Ghana teacher licensure examination for the 9th time? National Teaching Council (NTC) please, place a cap on resits now.”
But speaking at a press conference on the 2023 Ghana teacher licensure examination resit mass failure, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said his outfit is not considering limiting the number of times a tertiary graduate can resit the GTLE.
“We are not considering capping the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) resit, the law does not allow us to do so. We will go on and give the opportunity to those who have failed to come back,” the Education Minister said.
He indicated the Ministry of Education (MoE) is setting up a committee to investigate what caused the mass failure of pre-service teachers who sat for the 2023 edition of the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) resit.
“The committee is going to be chaired by Deputy Minister for Education, Ntim Fordjour, a representative from public and private Colleges of Education, the Chief Director of Ministry of Education a rep from National Teaching Council and a Professor from the University of Cape Coast,” Adutwum noted.
Meanwhile, the National Teaching Council following the mass failure recorded in the first phase of the 2023 Ghana teacher licensure examination resit has said it is considering introducing a cut-off point for the examination.
The Registrar of NTC, Christian Addai Poku in an interview monitored by AcademicWeek.com said almost 85% of tertiary graduates failed the examination for teachers, a move which has prompted his outfit to introduce the cut-off.
“Almost 85% failed the 2023 teacher licensure resit examination. This shows clearly that we have to introduce a cut-off point for the GTLE. Those resitting the examination and cannot pass are wasting their time and money,” Addai said.
In other news, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has directed the management of various public tertiary institutions to consider a transcript-based admission process to ensure qualified WASSCE graduates are enrolled in their institutions.
Speaking at the 2022 WAEC Distinction Awards Ceremony monitored by AcademicWeek.com, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said the transcript of a student is important as the WASSCE result for admission.
“I call upon universities to look at the changing dynamics of tertiary education and begin to take a serious look at a transcript-based admission process in addition to the WASSCE results,” Dr Yaw Adutwum said at the WAEC event.
As the conduct of the upcoming 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), draw near, the Minister for Education advised candidates preparing to sit for the examination to desist from destroying their school property.
“That is why I call on universities to begin to look at what other counties do, character reference for students coming into your institutions so that they will know there is accountability after graduating from Senior High School,” he said.