Teachers who had sat and passed the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) but not posted by the Ghana Education Service have urged the National Teaching Council to increase the period for the teacher licensure certificate to expire.
The unposted teachers in a communique sighted by AcademicWeek have suggested for the management of the Teaching Council to at least increase the duration period from a minimum of two years to a maximum of 5 years.
“In fact, the NTC body must find a means to deliver original certificate instead of the online thing and extend the years it will expire to at least five years the two years is too early to be expired,” the unemployed teachers stated.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of GES has said the fact that a graduate had sat and passed the teacher licensure examination and was awarded an NTC licensure certificate does not mean he or she will be recruited into service.
Professor Kwasi-Opoku Amankah in a discussion monitored by AcademicWeek said the recruitment of graduate teachers is done based on the subject vacancy availability in the various public Senior High Schools across the country.
The Education Service Director-General in an interview with Accra-based United Television (UTV) noted that an NTC licensure certificate is a requirement for GES recruitment but not a guarantee a graduate would be recruited.
“We have said before you can teach in any school as a teacher, you must have an NTC licensure certificate, so if you passed the teacher licensure examination (GTLE) you can submit an application for GES recruitment,” he stated.
Asked why the majority of graduates sometimes do not qualify for recruitment, he told the host of UTV’s Mpu ne Mpu show “some graduates sometimes submit the wrong application for recruitment, and that is a worrying situation.”
“So if we (GES) say we are recruiting teachers specialized in Geography, you will see the application of those specialized in Home Economics,” the Ghana Education Service (GES) Director-General told the Accra-based television station.