Group backs policy to license teachers via exams

The All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) has backed “in principle” the proposed Teachers’ Licensing Policy, which is expected to grant licenses to professional teachers after they pass written tests.

Leader of ATAG Isaac Ofori says the policy will ensure professionalism in teaching.

Mr Ofori said ATAG’s stance is no different with other teacher unions, whose concerns, he explains, mainly have to do with not being involved in consultations.

He was speaking in an interview on TV3’s News@10 on Saturday.

The policy to license teachers was proposed by National Teacher Council’s Dr Augustine Tawiah.

At the end of a training workshop in Accra last week, Dr Tawiah said the policy, which will be introduced next year, will see teachers periodically tested in order to renew their licenses.

He, however, said a massive education will be undertaken by the Ghana Education Service before rollout.

Passed in 2008, Act 778 is to ensure the professional development of teachers.

Speaking to host Bright Nana Amfoh, Mr Ofori said the policy is meaningful as it will rid the education sector of charlatans.

He expressed confidence that government will put all the necessary measures in place to make implementation successful.


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