A group calling itself Friends From Colleges of Education has today protested against the teacher licensing exams policy.
The newly trained teachers are protesting over the absence of orientation and course outline to prepare them adequately for the exams. They are also complaining about the amount they are required to pay for registration claiming it is expensive.
Clad in red bands and clothes the demonstrators marched through some principal streets of Kumasi and later presented a petition to the Ashanti Regional Minister and the Ashanti Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service.
Some protesters who spoke to XYZ News claim the National Teaching Council is not ready for the exams it is supposed to oversee.
“They [National Teaching Council] are not even prepared themselves. No materials, no curriculum for us. How can you write a professional exam without any specified curriculum? So we are not ready to write the exams until we are provided certain things that will help us to write the exams…”
…”if they are to bring us certain books to learn, we would be able to write the exams. But without the materials and a specified curriculum, we are not writing that exam”, a visibly angry protester said.
“After the demonstration, if we don’t hear anything about it, then we are going to boycott the registration. We will never write the exams, period,” one other teacher remarked.
While threatening a legal action, a similar protest would be held across the country in the coming days.
Licensing exams slated for September 10
The Teachers Licensing examination is set to be rolled out with applicants expected to pay a registration fee of GHc220.
The introduction of the licensing examination has been met with a lot of agitations by some teacher associations.
It is to be conducted by the National Teaching Council (NTC), and would take place from Monday, September 10 to Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in all Colleges of Education across the country.
Source:Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHz/ Jonathan Ofori