The National Teachers Council (NTC) of the Ministry of Education has announced that teachers will now have to pass a professional 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 Teachers Licensing Policy under the Education Act 778 (2008).
Dr Augustine Tawiah, Executive Secretary-designate of the National Teaching Council of the Ministry of Education, revealed this in Accra last week at the closing ceremony of a five-day intensive in-service training workshop for teachers in the Greater Accra Region.
According to Dr Tawiah, all formalities for the full implementation of the Act has been finalized and a secretariat to issue the license had been established.
He disclosed that beginning next January, the ministry would undertake re-registration of all teachers in the country to facilitate the issuance of the licenses.
Dr Tawiah explained that renewal of the license would be based on professional competence and development of teachers, stressing that, all teachers would be expected to renew their license within three to five years.
He mentioned that teachers whose students continuously fail in examinations like the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and other local and national examinations would not get their licenses renewed.
Dr Tawiah noted that new teachers would receive their licenses after graduation next year, but those already in the system must provide evidence and proof to the ministry of their achievements in the teaching profession to renew their license.
He concluded that the ministry and the National Teaching Council (NTC) would soon embark on public education to deepen consultations on the new Teacher’s Licensing Policy to ensure a smooth take-off next year.
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