The National Teaching Council (NTC) following the conduct of the maiden subject-based teacher licensure examination says it will soon announce the date for candidates who wish to resit the examination to register and do so.
A total of 20,181 made up of 10,733 males and 9,448 females sat for the first edition of the subject-based Ghana teacher licensure examination (SBGTLE) conducted at 52 centres on September 13, 2023.
A spokesman for NTC, Dennis Osei-Owusu giving an update on the subject examination said 14,438 of the candidates are trainees from the 46 public Colleges of Education while the remaining 9,448 of them are from various universities.
He said Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), a centre for the exam has the highest number of candidates, recording 1,501 while Tumu College of Education centre has the least, with 58 candidates.
The Head of Public Relations of the NTC, Dennis Osei-Owusu gave the assurance that the licensure examination would be conducted based on what the candidates specialised in and so there would be no cause for alarm.
Since its introduction in September 2018, the maiden subject-based Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) is the 11th edition of the national examination to issue teacher education graduates a professional license to teach.
The subject-based examination according to the National Teaching Council (NTC) means that the teacher trainees are going to be examined on their area of specialisation, unlike previously when it was a generalised examination.
The purpose of the licensing examination is to enable qualified teachers acquire a professional licence and prepare teachers to meet the demands of the National Teachers’ Standards of possessing the minimum knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes necessary to deliver effectively in schools.
NTC is mandated by Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020 (ACT 1023) to regulate the teaching profession in Ghana. As part of the Council’s regulatory functions, it is mandated to conduct examination for licensing of people who desire to teach.