A committee has been set up to investigate the poor performance of pre-service teachers who sat for the first phase of the 2023 Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) resit, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said.
The committee Chaired by Deputy Education Minister, John Ntim Fordjour, Dr Adutwum at a press briefing monitored by AcademicWeek said will submit a report on what caused the mass failure in the licensure examination resit.
“Membership of the committee which would be chaired by the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of General Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour are representatives of the Head of a Public College of Education, Prof. Samuel Atintonoo from Accra College of Education, Head of a Private College of Education, Rev Msgr Louis Kofi Tuffour, Christ The Teacher College of Education.
The others are the Chief Director at the Ministry of Education, Mrs Mamle Andrews, a representative from institutions that trained teachers, Prof. Jonathan Fletcher, University of Ghana, a professor of testing, Prof. Eric Anane, University of Cape Coast, and Mr Lawrence Sarpong of NTC,” he stated.
Asked if the National Teaching Council (NTC) will limit the number of times a candidate can resit the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE), the Minister in Charge of Education said such a decision has not been considered by his outfit.
“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.
In a related development, the National Teaching Council (NTC) effective this academic year, says tertiary graduates who do not have an indexing number will not be allowed to sit for the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE).
“Candidates who are not indexed will not be allowed to sit for the licensure examination. From this year, NTC intends to implement the indexing fee of GH¢50.00 per student as approved by Parliament under fees and charges,” it said in a blog post.
The indexing according to NTC entails the collection of the details of continuing and graduated education students in the Colleges of Education and Universities to generate specific codes for them to easily access the NTC online resources.
“NTC shall send SMS messages through the mobile number provided by trainees to their colleges. The SMS bears their Name, Code and a link to the NTC Indexing website. Candidates are expected to fill in the necessary requirements as may be needed,” it said in the post.