He said the introduction of the exams to depict the credibility of the teachers in the country is a perfect move to clear ghost names from government’s payroll, structure the educational system in the country and as well check-up who a Ghanaian teacher is and not, but he believes the fee attached it must be removed.
“ . . The fee charged before a teacher sits to write the exam is a worry and think should be scraped off by government to pave the way for every trained teacher to have the chance of writing the said exams,” he said.
Abronye DC as affectionately called, stressed, “NDC should not accuse the government of worrying trained teachers by making them write licensure examination before being certified as a teacher, because they started the piloting during former President Mahama’s regime”.
However, flagbearer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has promised to abolish the licensure examination for teachers if he is elected as President.
The first licensure examination took place from September 10 to 12, 2018. It covered essential teaching skills, numeracy (basic calculation) and literacy (verbal aptitude and essay writing).
For the first time, teachers graduating from teacher education programmes with diplomas, bachelor and post-graduate degrees from colleges of education/universities are required to pass a professional licensure examination.
Nurses, Medical Doctors, Pharmacists and Accountants also write licensure examinations as a pre-requisite qualification.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has revised its promotion processes, with the aim to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
The management of the GES said all staff of the service due for promotion would now undergo an aptitude test for all ranks from Principal Superintendent to Deputy Director.
“Officers who get promoted to deputy directorship shall be expected to attend face-to-face interviews if they desire to become Heads of schools or any other position that may require interviewing,” the Director-General of the GES, Professor Opoku-Amankwa indicated.
He said the review had been done after extensive deliberations and consultations with key stakeholders, with the approval of the GES Council and in accordance with regulations of the Public Services Commission (PSC).