The attention of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, GNAT, has been drawn to a document widely circulating on social media with a by-line NTC Introduces Ghana Basic Education Skills Examination Test, purported to originate from the National Teaching Council, indicating that,
The National Teaching Council, as part of measures to ensure students admitted into various public teacher training institutions are qualified, has introduced an entrance exam dubbed Ghana Basic Education Skills Examination Test.
According to the document, this was disclosed by Dr. Christian Addai Poku, the Executive Director of the Council at a stakeholders meeting held in Greater Kumasi (this week), and that, students before given College of Education admission will be tested on numeracy and literacy and further only candidates who will pass the Ghana Basic Education Skills
Examination Test (GBEST) will be considered for admission to pursue various teacher education progrummes in public teacher training institutions, and do react to the move as follows:
- The Ghana National Association of Teachers, GNAT, protests against the National Teaching Council (NTC), fot, once again, attempting to craft a policy and arbitrarily foist it on the education enterprise.
We wish to draw the attention of the NTC to Section 60 (a), Part 3 of the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020, which stipulates the functions of the NTC, as Advising the Minister (for Education) on matters relating to the professional standing of teachers among others, and allow the Ghann Education Service (GES) to play its role as lead agency for the implementation of approved policies and programes at the pre-tertiary level, and not to subsume it. The NTC should cease being a Regulator and Implementer, it does not have the mandate to be so.
- The GNAT is tired and wearied with this idea of throwing out polices and programmes into the educational milieu without consultations with Bodies which matter.
We therefore register our frustrations with such off-the-head pronouncements, and call for
immedinte stop to them. forthwith.
We wish to reiterate, that we are not against reforms to education: we stand for the best for education in the country: however, we won’t stand for policies, programmes and pronoucements off-the-cuff: the Agencies vested with the powers must be allowed to work, and come out, only when the proper consultations have taken place and consensus reached. We ask for nothing more than this.