According to the National Teaching Council (NTC), 83.5 percent of applicants failed the teacher licensure examinations that were conducted in May 2023.

The NTC also reported that just 1,277 of the 7,728 students who took the re-sit examination succeeded, whereas as many as 6, 451 failed.

An investigation into the underwhelming performance of students who took the license exam is being conducted by a seven-member committee set up by the Education Ministry. Also, the committee must suggest suitable actions to address the problem.

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Education Minister

As stated by the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the committee would, among other things, guarantee that candidates taking the exams have access to study materials.

Dr. Adutwum continued by saying that accurate evaluations must be done in order to determine the level of applicants to “the teacher education institutions relevant to the grade and program of specialization at the senior high schools.”

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has backed the Ministry’s action in this regard. They think it is absurd to see so many teachers fail their exams.

NTC Registrar, Dr Christian Addai-Poku

The teachers who failed would be given one final opportunity to retake the tests, according to the Council’s Registrar, Christian Addai-Poku.

He claims that the change gives teachers who perform poorly on the examination three chances to prove themselves.

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