General News of Wed, 12 Sep 20181
No leakage in ongoing teacher licensure exams – NTC
The controversial teacher licensure examination on Tuesday was marred by reports of a leakage of questions at some examination centers in the country. The National Teaching Council’s coordinator of the licensure examination, Francis Kwesi Addai has however debunked these rumors declaring them as false.
Speaking on Citi TV’s major news bulletin Citi Newsroom on Tuesday, the coordinator indicated that no such report has been brought before the Council, but assured that his outfit would investigate the matter should it formally come up.
“In every examination people think that there would be leakage but as NTC we have not seen that, so if it is so, we would look at it later. Sometimes it’s speculation. Somebody can just put some questions online and candidates would think it is a leakage but to NTC we have not experienced that. If it happens, we shall address it.”
The Teachers Licensing examination being conducted by the National Teaching Council nationwide began on Monday, September 10, 2,018 and is exptected to end today, Wednesday, September 12, 2,018.
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.
According to the National Teaching Council, the purpose of the licensing examination is to enable qualified teachers to acquire a professional license to ply their trade.
Hundreds of newly trained teachers who turned up for the exams on Monday expressed their frustration over some challenges including delays in the start of the exams.
Some teachers in the Upper West Region also claimed they were forced to pay an extra 10 cedis aside the registration fee already paid for the exams.
Extra fees charged for Licensure exams to be refunded
The National Teaching Council said it will investigate circumstances under which some Colleges of Education allegedly demanded extra fees from teachers who sat for the teacher licensure exams on Monday and if possible refund the monies.
“So far, we have not actually had any bad news, but the only thing we heard was that some of the schools were charging some monies that we had no idea about, and so we still want to look into it and find out what actually led to these schools charging those amounts and if possible do a refund,” Public Relations Officer for the NTC, Dennis Owusu assured.