The Minority in Parliament has called on the Ministry of Education to suspend the Teacher Licensure Examination, describing it as ‘not useful.’
According to Dr. Clement Apaak, the Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, the mode of the licensing was also causing delays in the postings of teacher trainees to schools in dire need of teachers.
The Lawmaker said economically, it does not make sense to train teachers, spend money on them but then have them stay at home because they did not pass the licensure exams.
Dr. Apaak who is a member of Parliament for Builsa South constituency, made the views of his caucus known in an interview on Accra based Joy News on Thursday, August 26.
He however suggested that the assessment of the teacher trainees can be done within the context of the structure available at the teacher training colleges.
“The Teacher Licensure Exams, as it is currently structured is not useful. We say so because students train for three good years in teacher training colleges, pass every single exam, but then they have to pass a six-hour aptitude test, before they are deemed qualified of teaching when we are in dire need of thousands of teachers.
“Our position in the Minority is not that exams should not be written or that teachers should not be licensed, we are saying that that can be done within the context of the structures already available at the teacher training colleges”, he emphasized.