The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GHNACOPS) has warned that over 400,000 untrained teachers are set to be laid off come September 2019, if government insists on the teacher licensing.
Government last year through the Ghana Education Service (GES) introduced compulsory teacher Licencing Exams.
The move, according to the GES, was part of the sector’s professional development and it applied to both trainee teachers graduating from public and private teacher training colleges.
However, the Council of Private schools in a release, said teachers’ licensure “would lay off over 400,000 untrained teachers in private schools in Ghana, coming September 2019.”
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Executive Secretary of the National Teaching Council (NTC), Dr Evelyn Owusu Oduro, saying persons not registered by the council would not be able to teach in public or private schools in the country.
She said with the coming into force of teacher licensing, it was prudent for every teacher to get registered in order to remain employed.
This, she said, would ensure that they were always on the cutting edge of professional knowledge in their respective disciplines ready and able to successfully respond to the needs of all learners.
Mrs Owusu Oduro said the introduction of teacher license and continuous professional development were key policies being pursued by the government which was aimed at improving the professional standing and status of teachers in the country.
“It is incumbent on all of us to take collective responsibility to ensure that we have qualified teachers in our educational institutions for quality education in our country,” she added.
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