The management of the National Teaching Council (NTC) effective September 2023 has exempted tertiary education graduates with Diploma certificates from participating in the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE).
Registrar of NTC, Christian Addai Poku says the decision is amid the reform of the teacher licensure examination to be subject and level-based, thus prospective candidates will write the GTLE in their subject area of specialisation.
The maiden edition of the reformed licensure examination to be conducted for Bachelor of Education Degree holders and holders of Post Graduate Diploma in Education, the NTC official said will be administered in September 2023.
Meanwhile, the National Teaching Council has slated November this year to conduct the last and final teacher licensure examination resit for tertiary graduates who have previously sat the national examination but could not pass.
In an interview monitored by AcademicWeek, the Registrar of Teaching Council, Dr Christian Addai-Poku said “The final Ghana teacher licensure examination resit will be held in November this academic year for pre-service teachers.”
The NTC Director continued that “after the last conduct of the GTLE resit, the traditional Ghana teacher licensure exams will be phased out and be replaced by the new or reformed one which is starting in maybe September this year
Let me say that the first phase of the 2023 GTLE resit that we just wrote did not include those who completed teacher education institutions and universities in 2022, they have not been part. They are going to write theirS in September.”
Asked which tertiary graduates perform well in the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) Addai-Poku said per GTLE data, trainees from the Colleges of Education tend to perform excellently than those from the universities.
“We did some pre-analysis on the pass rate in the past 3 years on the GTLE and the failure rate for the University of Education has been 45%, University of Cape Coast 47% and then if you look at the Colleges of Education is 26%,” he said.