Mahama renews pledge to scrap Teacher Licensure Exams in ‘Building Ghana’ tour

John Mahama
John Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has reiterated his commitment to cancel the teacher licensure exams if he is elected president again.

Speaking during his ‘Building Ghana Tour’ in Wenchi, Bono Region, Mahama expressed his view that the teacher certification program is unnecessary, emphasizing that teachers already undergo exams at every stage of their training.

“This is unnecessary. In our next administration, we will cancel the licensure exams,” Mahama declared, echoing a promise he made in his 2020 manifesto. He believes that the exams deny many qualified teachers the opportunity for government employment.

“No teacher trainee graduate will be denied posting or employment under the next Mahama government”, he stated.

The teacher licensure exams have been a source of controversy since their introduction, with some educators arguing that they add an unnecessary burden to teacher trainees.

Critics claim that the exams do not accurately assess the practical skills needed for teaching and may hinder the employment prospects of qualified individuals.

Mahama’s stance on the licensure exams is part of his broader vision for education reform, and he remains committed to addressing what he sees as challenges and inefficiencies in the current system.

As the political landscape evolves, the fate of the teacher licensure exams may become a focal point in the discourse on education policies in Ghana.


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