The Ministry of Education after the National Democratic Congress said it would cancel the Ghana teacher licensure examination in its next term of government has said licensing systems have become essential in maintaining standards across various professions globally.
A spokesperson for the Education Ministry Kwasi Kwarteng in a post sighted by Thisterm.com said Whether through written or unwritten exams, these systems play a vital role in ensuring candidates meet predetermined criteria.
“This rigorous process is evident in sectors like security services, where stringent standards, including medical and physical examinations, are prerequisites for enlistment.
In education, the demand for excellence is heightened, especially in teacher appointments. Prospective educators must demonstrate both academic proficiency and the ability to effectively impart
knowledge and skills. teacher licensure exams are paramount in this context, acting as benchmarks to ensure candidates meet predefined standards in knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, competencies, and experience necessary for effective teaching.
This careful evaluation not only safeguards education quality but also protects the public interest by restricting teaching practice to qualified individuals. Amidst the proliferation of teacher training institutions, a unified standard is imperative to ensure the quality of teachers.
The licensure regime validates the legal authorization of the National Teaching Council (NTC) in ensuring that a teacher meets minimum standards for effective education delivery.
The Professional Teacher License represents the height of professional achievement, signifying membership in a network of accomplished educators contributing significantly to the teaching profession.
It ensures that teaching remains an esteemed choice rather than a fallback option. In the pursuit of global standards, the teacher licensure examination is indispensable, playing a crucial role in maintaining educational standardization within the West African region and globally.
A robust teacher licensure system enhances the prestige, value, and integrity of Ghana’s education system, positioning teachers and students globally.
This recognition, exemplified by the exportation of Ghanaian-trained nurses to Barbados during the COVID-19 times, can extend to teaching, making Ghana a global exporter of qualified teachers.
Achieving this vision requires a steadfast commitment to maintaining and upholding the integrity of teacher licensure examinations as cornerstones of educational excellence and global competitiveness,” the spokesman said in the post.