The Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr. Jacob Anaba, has urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to give them modalities on the proposed License Exams starting next year.
The National Teachers Council (NTC) of the Ministry of Education has announced that teachers will now have to pass a special examination before being granted the license to teach.
The move, according to the NTC, is to enforce discipline and eliminate non-performing teachers from the system, in accordance with the new policy under the Education Act 778 (2008).
Speaking on the Space FM Morning Flight 877 show hosted by Dickson Smith on Wednesday, Mr. Anaba said “teachers have always wanted to be licensed, but the modalities, how we should go about it is the most important”.
According to him, “teaching is not like driving; because the teacher goes through education at the University or College of Education, pass prescribed subjects or courses and deemed fit to teach, after he or she is registered with the Teacher Education Unity (TEU), and gets a registered number and qualified to teach”.
He said currently, the Ghana Education Service knows teachers who are not professionals or not qualified, so to begin licensing, there must be clear cut modalities.
He said if you license the person now, how is he or she going to renew it, what is the mode of renewal and what is the security of his or her job.
Mr. Anaba, who is also a tutor at the Techiman Senior High School in the Techiman Municipality, said the association has met with the GES and the NTC and that they have not exhausted all the grey areas.
The regional NAGRAT chairman stated that the minister of education and the NTC should not have rushed to the media with the proposal.
He said “there are more serious issues to be addressed, such as the challenges of the Free Senior High policy commencing in September this year”.
He pointed out that “licensing teachers will just increase their reputation; make them look good in the eye of the international world, but it is not going to improve teaching in the classroom”.