Scrapping teacher licensure exams unlikely to uphold professionalism – Fmr MP

Former Member of Parliament for Okaikwei North, Fuseini Issah, says the scrapping of the teacher licensure exams will not uphold professionalism among teachers in the country.

He reiterated that the future of pupils and students have been entrusted into the hands of teachers, hence they are responsible for the development of children due to the quality of content they churn out to them.

According to the former MP, cancellation of the licensure exams will avert the professionalism of teachers and abridge the quality of teaching.

Speaking during a Newspaper review on TV3 New Day, he cited medical practitioners, accountants, lawyers, among others who write licensing exams. He argued such exams make them professionals and also regulate their activities, adding that, the teaching profession is no exception.

“It is absolutely normal to partake in exams to meet professional requirements and standards,” he said.

Mr Issah said licensure exams will also produce quality teachers and enhance their knowledge and skills.

Head of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Legal team, Abraham Amaliba, said the minority did not call for a scrap of the teacher licensure exams but recommended that it should be factored into teacher training sessions.

He explained that “when trainees are in school, they get more studious due to the school environment as compared to being home or outside school.”

“When teachers [trainees] leave the school environment there are other pressing needs that shifts their attention to learning hence not advisable,” he added.

The National Teaching Council (NTC) Examinations Registration has been announced and the examination has been rescheduled for October 1 and 2.

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In all, 31,167 newly trained teachers are writing the examination in Literacy, Essential Professional Skills and Numeracy.

By Benedicta Naa Lamiokor Lawson||Ghana