The proposal by John Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to eliminate licensure exams for teacher trainees has faced staunch opposition from the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG).
Mahama had announced his intention to abolish these exams during his ‘Building Ghana Tour’ in the Bono Region, contending that subjecting teacher trainees to an additional assessment is unnecessary.
In contrast to Mahama’s position, CETAG firmly asserts that licensure exams play a crucial role in ensuring the competence and quality of future teaching professionals.
Prince Obeng Himah, the President of CETAG, emphasized the unique nature of teacher training in comparison to other professions, underscoring the profound impact educators can have on entire generations.
In an interview with Citi News, Himah stated, “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.”