The able Chief Executive Officer who doubles as the Publisher for SUCCESSLINK PUBLICATIONS and a seasoned educationist has warded into the debate of the National Teacher Licensure Examination (NTLE) by proposing some policy directives to improve the system.
The government of Ghana introduced the NTLE in 2018 backed by the Education Act of 2008, Act 778, with the first ever taken place in September 2018. Teachers are assessed on literacy, numeracy and core/essential skills. This is to improve the professional standards and status of teachers in the country.
However, he stressed that “In May this year, out of 7,728 prospective teachers who sat for the exam, only 1,277 (16.5%) passed while 6,481 (83.5%) failed ,adding that this is very worrying development which inimical to the progress of the country’s educational system.
In an exclusive interview with Appiah Kubi, he revealed that the mass failure recorded in the recent NTLE is very worrying thus something which is affecting academic work and some pragmatic measures ought to be taken to ensure and enhance quality education in the country.
The educationist, Mr. Saeed proposed stiff measures to improve the NTLE, he said “there is the need to invite the relevant stakeholders to discuss modalities and operational framework for the exam.Again there should be a strong collaborations between the examination body and various academic institutions in the country and there should be set standards and subject specification”
He further stated that, there should be capping on the number of times a prospective teacher can write, for instance, not more than 3 times for the resit.
He also opined that the Education Service must strengthen the basic levels of Ghana’s education system with sound secondary education to the tertiary levels.
Mr. Saeed added that there is the need to find a lasting solution to the issue of degrading quality education to abate its challenges.
By Lawrence Odoom