National Teachers Council (NTC), has extended the registration of the teachers licensure exams to Friday, September 7, 2018.
Registration for the exams was expected to end on September 4, 2018.
The council said the extension has become necessary to enable more teachers register for the exams.
Despite the fierce opposition the teacher licensure exam has received, the NTC has reported a high number of applicants.
Though majority of the newly trained teachers voiced their displeasure over the exams with some even embarking on demonstrations, the council said over 13,700 of the expected 20,000 trainees had registered.
Speaking on Citi FM yesterday, Public Relations Officer of the NTC said the overwhelming numbers had caused the NTC to push its initial Tuesday, (yesterday) September 4 registration deadline to Friday, 7th September.
“Initially, we had today (Tuesday), as our deadline, but we got to know that because of the late registration people were not able to register and now there is pressure on the system. Now some of them have gotten the information and they are now registering so the system is busy now and so it’s denying most of them and because of that we have extended it to 7th of this month.”
“We are anticipating 20,000, 15,000 have bought the forms and 13,700 have registered. Initially, the University [graduates] were more but now the trainees have also registered”, he added.
He further mentioned that attempts to get the council to cancel the exams have yielded no results; hence more teachers are left with no other option than to register.
“But then, as they are now getting the information that whatever they are doing can’t stop the examination most of them have started registering,” he stated.
The examination applies to all teachers who hold the Diploma in Basic Education (DBE), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) or a post-graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) who want to be employed by the Ghana education service.
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Pix: Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education