The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) has responded to former President John Mahama’s 2024 campaign promise to eliminate teacher licensure exams, asserting that these exams are vital for maintaining professional quality in the field and should not be abolished. In a recent interview with Citi FM, CETAG President Prince Obeng Himah emphasized the significance of licensure exams in ensuring competence and quality among teaching professionals. CETAG advocates for the implementation of agreed-upon measures, including entrance exams for aspiring teaching professionals, as decided in a conference two years ago.
The Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination, administered by the National Teaching Council (NTC) in accordance with Section 9 of the Education Act, 2008 (Act 778), aims to enhance the professional standing and status of teachers. The inaugural licensure exam took place in September 2018, with the goal of enabling qualified teachers to obtain a professional license. Additionally, the exam seeks to attract outstanding recent graduates from universities and colleges of education, ensuring they possess the necessary professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective teaching in schools.