The Ministry for Education (MoE) has described former President and National Democratic Congress flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama as a threat to Ghana’s progress over his decision to cancel the Ghana teacher licensure examination.
In his address at a tour, Mr John Mahama described the national licensure teacher as unnecessary arguing that teachers already undergo examinations at various stages of their training thus the GTLE becomes a burden on teachers.
The NDC flagbearer for the 2024 election said automatic posting of teacher trainee graduates under his leadership will be the mode of teacher employment assuring that no graduate would be denied posting or employment.
“We will abolish the obnoxious Ghana teacher licensure examination for teacher trainees and restore the automatic employment of teacher trainee graduates. Let me state unequivocally that no teacher trainee graduate will be denied posting or employment under the next Mahama government,” he stated.
But, Deputy Minister for Education, John Ntim Fordjour reacting to Mahama’s comment says the intentions of the former President could greatly undermine the gains that the country had made under the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Saturday, November 19, 2023, the Deputy Education Minister described the former President as only capable of cancelling policies “and threatens to cancel good policies at every opportunity.”
The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of General Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, said Mr Mahama cancelled allowances for nursing and teacher trainees and is threatening to “cancel the game-changing teacher licensure policy.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Yaw Opoku Mensah on his part quizzed why former President John Mahama is not proposing to cancel licenses for Nurses, Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers etc but was fixated on teachers.
“The Ghanaian teaching profession has come a long way to be recognized internationally. Let’s continue to develop the standards of the profession deepen the respect and celebrate the success gained rather than play politics with the system,” he said.