Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister in charge of Education says newly trained teachers who do not write and pass GTLE (Ghana teacher licensure examination) will not be permitted to practice teaching in the country.
He made the comment at a meeting with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo after mass failure was recorded in the 2021 edition of the teacher licensure examination administered by the National Teaching Council (NTC).
Speaking at the GTLE stakeholder engagement, the Minister for Education and Bosomtwe lawmaker said, “If you really want to teach we need to help you to have the requisite skills to teach and pass the NTC examination.”
He indicated that the Management of the National Teaching Council lowered the pass mark for the 2021 May edition of the Ghana teacher licensure examination to enable all candidates to pass but unfortunately majority failed.
“About 78% were able to pass two out of the three subjects, but if you look at those who passed all the three for the first time it was about 23% but they have the opportunity to resit again and pass,” Adutwum told Akufo-Addo.
The Education Minister amid the GTLE failure said the National Teaching Council (NTC) has been tasked to develop a web portal for new candidates to access the licensure examination past questions and practice.
“I have instructed the National Teaching Council (NTC) to create a web portal with thousands of sample questions for people to have the opportunity to practice and use to prepare to sit for the national examination,” Osei Yaw noted.
Meanwhile, the Registrar of NTC, Dr Christian Addai Poku has said his outfit as part of an effort to promote teacher professionalization in 2025 will phase out or stop all unlicensed teachers from teaching in the various classroom.
“By the year 2025, if an unqualified teacher is still not licensed, the National Teaching Council (NTC) will not hesitate to phase or stop him or her from teaching students in public or private schools,” Dr Addai Poku stated in an interview.