The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has declared support for the Teacher Licensure Examination, which is used to license teachers to practice as professional teachers, indicating that the examination is an important benchmark in distinguishing professionals from non-professionals.
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Former President John Dramani Mahama, in a recent Facebook
live interaction, stated that when voted back into power, he would cancel the
examination and instead enhance the quality of training in the various colleges
and universities that train teachers.
But an official of GNAT in his contribution to Multimedia’s
NewsFile programme on Saturday stressed that GNAT supports the writing of
examination but only desires that the cost of sitting it be borne by
When asked directly by a host of the programme whether or
not GNAT supported the examination, he was categorical: “Yes, we are for
it. We will write [it].” explaining
that the examination will among others deal with the phenomenon of
unprofessional teachers who soil the reputation of the teaching profession.
“In Ghana we only hear of fake lawyers being arrested. Have you ever heard of a fake teacher? No…So we want these benchmarks to be dealt with especially in the private schools,” Mr…. explained.
The licensure was introduced last year in fulfillment of
laws governing the teaching profession in the country. Prior to the
introduction there was widespread opposition from teachers, especially those
who were in colleges of education.