Teacher licensure exams a necessary evil, says expert

The director of the Institute of Education at the University of Cape Coast, Prof Eric Anane has described the much-talked about teacher licensure exams as a necessary evil in Ghana’s education sector.

Former President John Mahama over the weekend vowed to scrap the teacher’s licensure examination if voted into power in the 2024 elections, arguing that the concept was not well thought through and raises some concerns.

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Speaking at a campaign in the Bono Region, the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said he could not fathom why after several examinations, students of colleges of education are expected to take another test before they are permitted to practice.

However, speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (21 November), Anane said the licensure exams is a competency-based exams that must stay.

“Try to check some of the questions we ask, they are as basic as class 6 questions,” Anane said.

“I think by now we should be thinking of how to improve the licensing exams to make sure that we really have the quality that we need in our school system if we want to improve education systems in Ghana.

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“So, I think that is where the discussions should go more rather than going back on the achievements that we had,” he added.

Source: Asaaseradio


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