Protesting Teachers Submit To License Examination

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Newly trained teachers who were protesting the teachers licensing examination have agreed to take the test after they reached an agreement with the education ministry Thursday.

The move comes after the National Teaching Council (NTC) warned the teachers they will not be allowed to teach in the country if they refused to take the test.

The teachers have been protesting the decision to be tested before being allowed to teach since they have already undergone training.

The protesters said they have not been given any orientation and course materials to equip them for the newly introduced examinations.

In a statement, the ministry of education announced the concerned teachers have agreed to take the test from Monday as scheduled.

“The licensure examination shall proceed as scheduled. The licensure examination shall be held more than once every year to enable all newly graduated teachers to participate,” the statement said.

It also announced that the license examination shall be held more than once a year to allow newly graduated teachers to participate.

Below are details of the statement by the ministry

The Minister of Education this afternoon met leaders of the various teacher unions. They had earlier expressed reservations about the teacher licensing examination.

At the end of the meeting, there was general agreement that;

  1. The licensure examination shall proceed as scheduled
  2. The licensure examination shall be held more than once every year to enable all newly graduated teachers to participate.

iii.  National Service period be considered as part of the one-year post-graduation  training period of all teachers.

  1. All newly graduated teachers avail themselves of the opportunity of the licensure  examination to qualify as ‘licensed teachers’ to enable them secure employment as teachers.
  2. Discussions on teacher professionalisation must progress as agreed.

 

EKOW VINCENT ASSAFUAH

HEAD, PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT

Source: Starr

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