According to Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, the Registrar of the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE), there are teachers who have attempted the exam multiple times without success.
He stated that some individuals have re-sat the licensure examination eight or even ten times but have been unable to pass, suggesting that they may not be suited for the teaching profession.
Dr. Addai-Poku revealed that out of the 7,728 prospective teachers who took the licensure examination last month, only 1,277 passed. He emphasized that the National Teaching Council (NTC) is committed to ensuring that the teaching profession maintains a high standard.
He explained that the recent examination was exclusively for re-sitters who have attempted the exam multiple times without success. As part of ongoing reforms, the NTC is phasing out the traditional Ghana Teacher Licensure examination and introducing a new one.
The intention is to limit the exam exclusively to re-sitters, specifically the 7,000 individuals who have repeatedly taken the exam without passing.
Dr. Addai-Poku acknowledged that some individuals may not be capable of passing the examination and may need to consider redirecting their efforts towards other areas where they excel. He emphasized the importance of demonstrating competency and suitability for the teaching profession.
Regarding future opportunities for re-sitters, Dr. Addai-Poku mentioned that they will have one final chance to write the exam in November, as it will be the last offering of the traditional licensure examination.
If they are unable to pass at that time, there is still an alternative available. Starting in 2024, individuals who hold a degree will be eligible to register under the new system and write the licensure examination.
It is worth noting that having a degree will become the minimum qualification for teaching in Ghana from 2024 onwards, and those without a degree will no longer be able to sit for the Ghana Teacher Licensure examination.