The National Teaching Council as part of measures to ensure only qualified WASSCE graduates receive teacher education has introduced entrance test and interview sections as new criteria into public Colleges of Education.
Dr Christian Addai Poku, Registrar of the Teaching Council announced this in a media address at the 12th Congregation of Atebubu College of Education on Saturday, August 7, 2021, monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh.
“I said garbage-in garbage-out, but it is expected that even when garbage enters any of the 46 government Colleges of Education, tutors are expected to turn around the garbage.
The unfortunate thing is that sometimes the garbage cannot be turned around and so there is the need for us to focus attention on the selection process, that is the entry point,” the NTC Registrar told journalists last year at the event.
Mr Christian Addia Poku further added that “we need a system that does not rely solely on WASSCE for School results but something in addition to the results to see if the person entering the College is fully qualified.”
The Registrar of the government agency responsible for licensing teachers in the country said prospective students who pass the entrance examination will be interviewed just as it is done in the Nursing Training Colleges.
The entrance test dubbed Ghana Basic Education Skills Examination Test (GBEST), the National Council has said will ensure people who are committed and can go through the teacher training programme are posted to teach.
Slated for August this year, the Registrar of the National Teaching Council, Dr Christian Addai Poku said candidates who become successful at the entrance exams would be given admission to any of the public teacher schools.
At a stakeholders’ meeting on the reform of the conduct of the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE), he said students seeking to pursue various teacher education courses in Colleges will be tested on numeracy and literacy.
“The GBEST will, thus, be used as the entry assessment for the trainee teachers and after completion, the students will be made to write a level and subject-based licensure examination to be licensed as professional teachers,” he stated.