The Ministry of Education (MoE) following the unsatisfactory performance of pre-service teachers who sat for the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) resit has urged the National Teaching Council to pay attention to assisting graduates to pass the examination.
Speaking at the National Teaching Council (NTC) Awards Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, Deputy Minister for Education, John Ntim highlighted the need for the Council to examine pre-service teachers on numeracy.
“As a teacher, you should be able to have basic knowledge of numeracy skills. I support the National Teaching Council in considering numeracy as an assessment area in licensing our teachers who are yet to join the teaching service,” he stated.
Rev John Ntim added “The whole world has come to a consensus that “education is an effective tool in turning around the economy, if that is so then the teacher is at the centre of such a great development in spinning this ideology”.
The Deputy Education Minister in charge of basic education consequently charged the National Teaching Council (NTC) to look at some critical areas which will help improve the learning outcome of our pre-service teachers.
According to him, the previous outcome of the teacher licensure shows that there is always an abysmal performance in literacy saying that the National Teaching Council (NTC) must pay attention to helping teachers in that bracket.
The Registrar of NTC, Dr Christian Addai-Poku in his remarks stated that the Council responsible for registering and licensing teachers will continue to carry out the necessary reforms to ensure the credibility and relevance of the GTLE.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said tertiary education graduates who do not sit and pass the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) will not be allowed to teach in any classroom in the country.
Speaking at a teacher licensure examination (GTLE)meeting monitored by AcademicWeek.com, the Education Minister said “If you really want to teach we need to help you to have the requisite skills to teach and pass the NTC exams.”