The National Teaching Council (NTC) following the mass failure recorded in this year’s Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) resit says the questions for the examination are set to ensure the majority of candidates will pass.
Christian Addai Poku, the Registrar of the Teaching Council in an interview monitored by AcademicWeek.com said despite the level of the 2023 GTLE resit questions majority of the candidates could not spell correctly some simple words.
“Some of the teacher licensure examination resit questions are even funny. If the GTLE resit questions are given to a serious Junior High School (JHS) student he/she can answer and pass the examination with ease,” the Registrar said.
He on Joy FM’s Midday News said the mass number of failures has got to do with the GTLE being difficult. However, Christian said that passing the exam has got to do with the competence of the teachers taking the examination.
“As far as we are concerned, these examinations have been run for about five years now. So far, we have run 10 times the examination and the pass rate has always hovered around 60 and 70 per cent,” the Teaching Council’s Registrar noted.
He indicated that the tertiary graduates who could not pass the first phase of the 2023 Ghana teacher licensure examination resit to be licensed as professional teachers and have an opportunity to sit for the exam the last time.
“They have one last opportunity because the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination is going through reform, and when the reform kicks in, the current dispensation will fade out,” the National Teaching Council Director told JoyFM.
The reform according to him provides three chances for teachers who fail the exam to redeem themselves. “The first was written last year, the second in May this year, with the last open window set for November of 2023,” he added.
College of Education or University graduates who do not still make it or fail the last conduct of the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) resit slated for November this year Addai-Poku said will be left with two other options.
“One – if the person is a degree holder, then the person would have to enter the new dispensation and write the Ghana teacher licensure exam under the new dispensation with different subjects and different content altogether.
“If the person is a diploma holder, then the person would have to apply for a top-up and get a degree before the person can write. Because per policy as of now, a minimum qualification to teach in Ghana is first degree,” he stressed.