Teachers Group Challenges Mahama On Licensure Claim

Patrick Antwi (middle) addressig the press at the programme

A
group of teachers calling itself ‘Teachers and Trainees Advocacy (TTA)’ has
said former President John Mahama’s intended policy to cancel licensure
examination for teachers when voted into power will disrupt the teaching
profession.

According
to the group, any attempt to change the existing policies would be inimical to
the career growth of teachers and an affront to improving the level of
professionalism and educational standards in the country.

At
a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, the National Convener of the group,
Patrick Antwi Karikari, explained that undergoing the national service, which
is a mandatory requirement for employment, made it easy for teachers to
transition from current occupation to other occupations of better future
opportunities and the plans of the former President are going to disrupt that
process.

“Teachers
are divinely destined for several other job opportunities and we won’t sit down
aloof and allow his ‘abolishing spree’ to endanger the well institutionalized
national service that will eventually make our dreams come true for us to also
become Members of Parliament, ministers, etc. in the near future,” he stressed.

The
group said the initiative for teachers undergoing a mandatory national service had
been there since teachers who were trained in the universities were previously
made to undergo national service.

Mr.
Karikari cited an improvement in the output of trainee teachers who have
undertaken the licensure examination per data from the National Teaching
Council (NTC) as a justification for maintaining the licensure regime in order
to improve professionalism level of teachers. 

He
said the group’s research has shown that all newly trained teachers that have
completed service have been posted by the Ghana Education Service (GES)
regardless of the few hiccups that were being resolved and, therefore, “no
qualified newly trained teacher has been deprived posting or employment after
college.”

By Issah Mohammed 

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