In the lead-up to the 2024 general elections, John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has announced a pledge to abolish the Teacher's Licensure Exams if elected into political power, sparking varied reactions among educationists, teachers, and the public.
The Teachers Licensure Exams, since its inception, has been a subject of mixed opinions. While some commend the government for its implementation, others consider it unnecessary due to recurring high failure rates.
In a discussion on the KYZZ FM morning show with Mr. Charles Mintaba, a seasoned educationist, he highlighted the significance of professional licensing, noting its widespread application across various professions.
He emphasized that licensure serves as a testament to one's completion of professional training, making them eligible and certified for employment in their field.
Regarding teachers, Mr. Mintaba acknowledged that the structure of Colleges of Education and educational programs in universities emphasizes practical tuition alongside rigorous academic coursework.
Consequently, some argue that extensive practical training reduces the necessity for licensure exams among student teachers.
Mr. Mintaba conveyed that John Dramani Mahama's decision to consider scrapping the exams was influenced by discussions with teachers who highlighted the nature of the exams and the prevalent mass failure rates.
He supported Mahama's stance as a necessary step that warrants serious consideration and review.
Despite recognizing the global recognition and certification that licensing offers to teachers, Mr. Mintaba stressed the importance of reassessing the policy's implementation to address issues such as high failure rates and other deficiencies.
In conclusion, Mr. Mintaba proposed a potential solution: integrating the licensure exams into the training curriculum.
By including the exams as part of the student's final assessments, they could attain their licenses before completing their schooling.
The debate surrounding the Teacher's Licensure Exams underscores the need for a comprehensive evaluation of the policy's effectiveness.
It calls for a balance between ensuring teacher quality through licensing while addressing concerns about exam difficulties and aligning assessments with educational training programs.