The National Teaching Council (NTC) through the National School Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) has informed all pre-tertiary private schools to ensure that from next month their teachers begin processes to acquire their teaching license. Already, acquiring a licence is a prerequisite to becoming a teacher in a public school. Government introduced the teacher licensure examination in 2018, backed by the Education Act of 2008, Act 778, with the first-ever exams taking place in September 2018. The exam covers numeracy, literacy and essential professional skills, which are based on the pedagogy learnings in school.
The Executive Director of NaSIA, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, said her outfit has already put in place mechanisms to check the quality of teachers in public and private schools, and the exams are a great addition. The exams have an average pass rate of 73 to 75 percent, which is good by any standard, she said. The National Teaching Standards are based upon the National teaching Standards.
The NTC – like other professional regulatory bodies such as the General Legal Council, Pharmacy Council or Nurses and Midwives Council – gets to decide who is fit to be a teacher. This way, the NTC has power to suspend or even revoke a licence from a teacher if he or she engages in unacceptable conduct.