The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) has firmly expressed its support for the licensure exams for teacher trainees, asserting that it is a beneficial policy that should not be cancelled.
According to Prince Obeng Himah, the President of the Association, the licensure exams provide specialized training for teachers, setting it apart from other professions.
He emphasized the positive impact of the policy on the education sector, contrary to the stance of National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, who has promised to abolish the licensure exams.
“In my opinion, it is something that is good and it shouldn’t be cancelled. That is CETAG, we have stated that we should implement what we agreed two years ago when we had a conference that the students wanting to enter the teaching profession should be subjected to entrance exams,” Mr. Himah stated in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM on Monday, November 20.
This stands in contrast to Mr. Mahama’s position, who, during his ‘Building Ghana Tour’ in the Bono Region, pledged to eliminate the exams, arguing that subjecting teacher trainees to an additional assessment for qualification is unnecessary. He expressed concerns about the concept surrounding the licensure examination.
While Mahama advocates for the cancellation of the licensure exams, CETAG emphasizes the importance of these exams in ensuring the competence and quality of future teaching professionals.