National Teaching Council (NTC) has urged all teachers who will be sitting for the proposed licensure examination not to entertain the thought of fear of failing.
The Executive Secretary of NTC, Dr Evelyn Oduro, speaking in an interview with Accra-based Accra FM after some teacher groups embarked on a demonstration in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi.
The demonstrators, clad in red bands, carried placards, some of which read: “Where are the learning materials NTC,” “Say No to Licence Exams”, “We are tired of your empty promises NTC.”
The group claimed that the intended examination was a strategy by government to cut down on the number of teachers employed, and by so doing, deny them their livelihood.
The group, numbering about 500, converged on the premises of the Wesley College of Education at New Tafo (Krofrom), paraded through some principal streets in the Kumasi metropolis and presented their petition to the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.
But Dr Oduro said she does not expect teachers to be scared of examinations.
“I don’t expect them to entertain the fear of failure because the examination will centre on the things they have learned. They shouldn’t entertain the thoughts of failure at all,” Dr Oduro reiterated.
The executive secretary of NTC explained that the examinations the teachers will be writing are a professional examination, and, for that reason she did not anticipate the agitations coming from a section of them. We will ask basic questions. For instance, if you did science, basic science-related questions will be asked and they can answer, she added.
In this regard, Dr Oduro called on the teachers to embrace the introduction of the professional examination because it was in their interest.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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