The Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) wants the teachers license exams to be conducted at no cost to teachers across the country.
Ghana Education Service (GES) has indicated that henceforth all teacher trainee graduates will sit for a licensing exams beginning September 2017.
According to the GES, all teacher trainee graduates will require a lincense to be recognized as a professional teacher, anyone who fails will does not qualify to be a professional teacher.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service, Rev. Jonathan Bettey, has said the move is part of the sector’s professional development and it applies to both trainee teachers graduating from public and private teacher training colleges.
But in an interview with Kasapa News, the Spokesperson of CCT, Norbert Boboshie stated that once there’ll soon be free education for students, it shouldn’t be out of place for the govennment to bear the cost of the license exams for teachers.
“This exams should be at no cost to teachers. If there’s free education in our education system, then there must also be free license for teachers. Government is funding the education of children through the Free SHS programme. If you’re helping parents to cater for their children’s education for which reason you want the quality of teachers to improve, why then can’t you ensure that the teacher gets his/her license for free given that theachers play critical roles in the lives of these students.”
He emphasized the need for stakeholders to discuss the nature of license, the modalities of licensing, the implication of the license to job security, adding that all these things are yet to be discussed and agreed upon.