National Teaching Council of Ghana is mandated by the Education Act of 2008 to improve the professional status and standing of teachers. The agency also registers and licenses all the tutors countrywide. To become a registered teacher, you will have to register for NTC exams, sit for the test, and finally pass.
Everyone who has attained the minimum criteria for NTC exams is allowed to sign up for the test. The purpose of this licensure examination is to register professional and qualified teachers who will undertake tutoring in the best way possible.
It also prepares tutors to meet the national teachers’ standards of processing stated minimum values, attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for effective delivery in state-owned schools.
Teacher licensure exams eligibility
You can take this test if you have at least all of the following:
- A Diploma in Basic Education (DBE), Bachelor of Education(B.Ed), a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or Master in Education (M.Ed).
- You should be looking for employment as a teacher.
- You must have completed your education, as no transcripts are allowed.
- If you have written the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination and failed, then you are qualified. Fresh graduates are also eligible.
Teacher licensure exams registration requirements
If you are eligible, you require the following for a successful enrolment:
- Fresh graduates should pay GHC. 220 registration fee
- If you are re-sitting for the examination, GHC. 100 for each re-sit paper is applicable. If you failed in two tests, you should pay GHC. 200
- Candidates retaking all the three papers are required to pay GHC. 220
- A passport-sized photograph
How to pay for NTC registration fee
Before registering for NTC exams, pay the necessary exam fees. Use the following procedure:
- Visit GCB Bank LTD: You can walk into any nearest branch.
- Fill in the deposit slip: Make sure you state whether you are a fresh student, re-sitting for three, two, or one test.
- Take it to the cashier: Give out the payment amount.
NTC exams registration procedure
Once you have made payments, follow the steps below:
- Connect to the internet: You can use your mobile data, Bluetooth tethering, hotspot, or any public/private Wi-Fi connection.
- Open your browser: On PC, double-click on its logo. On a tablet, navigate to the app list section, search for Chrome, and tap on its icon.
- Go to the NTC exams portal: Key in NTC address on the search tab.
- Initiate the registration process: Fresh graduates should click on “New Registration” option.
5. Log in: Use the PIN and serial number issued by the bank teller.
6. Complete the registration forms: You will be required to fill in your personal, educational, and residence information. You should only key incorrect data.
7. Upload your passport: The image should be stored on the gadget’s memory for this part to be successful.
8. Save the information: If by any chance you exit the platform without doing so, you will repeat the whole procedure from step
9. Revise the entered details: Make sure there are no mistakes or even spelling errors.
10. Submit the information: Once you are sure that all the information entered is correct, tap on the ‘Submit’ button.
11. Print the summary of the inputs made: Tap on the ‘Print’ button, save it to your local disk and transfer it to a removable disk so that you can take it to the nearest cyber café for printing.
12. Submit the application form: Take the document to the closest regional office before the deadline.
NTC regional centres
Here are NTC regional centres:
- Northern regions - Tamale branch
- Brong Ahafo region - Sunyani branch
- Ashanti region - Kumasi branch
- Central region - Cape Coast branch
- Greater Accra region - Accra/ Tema branch
- Western region - Takoradi branch
- Volta region - Ho branch
Upper West region teachers take their test in NJ Ahmadiyya College of Education and eastern region tutors, the centre is SDA College of Education.
NTC licensure examination registration deadlines and exam schedule
This year’s March edition of the test had a deadline on 11th March 2020. The September edition enrolment closing date is yet to be announced. Currently, no registration is open.
The March examination was scheduled to take place between 25th to 27th March 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency postponed it indefinitely. Further communication concerning the test will be announced as soon as the situation eases.
Typically, the exam is held twice a year, February and September. NTC announces the actual dates for each examination at appropriate times. The time-table for the examination papers is also made available along with the schedules.
Curriculum areas for Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE)
GTLE covers the following broad curriculum areas:
The national teachers’ standards
The contents below are tested:
Personal values and attitudes
Consists of ethics of professionalism and self-enhancement. You should be able to:
- Determine the relevant and measurable professional development goals that strengthen the effectiveness of instruction.
- Apply the ethics code and professional conduct principles to any professional and personal situation.
- Develop a positive identity and act as a role model.
Here, you are supposed to:
- Demonstrate your familiarity with school curriculum, educational policies, and learning outcomes.
- Take to account on how children develop as well as learn in diverse contexts. You should also be able to respect learners’ cultural, socioeconomic, linguistics, and educational background.
- Show a mastery of subject content knowledge
Tests on your ability to manage the learning environment and assessment. You should be able to:
- Create as well as sustain an efficient, safe, and supportive learning environment.
- Pay attention to your learners, especially the girls and also students with special educational needs.
- Use various kinds of assessment strategies to determine student levels and also needs.
- Listen to your learners and give them constructive feedback.
The following are tested under this section:
Checks your grammar skills. You should know:
- Subject-verb agreement
- Different verb tense forms
- Effective communication skills
You need to be able to:
- Read text
- Recall ideas from the text
- Express yourself and be comprehensive in writing
Tests the following areas:
Covers number sense, operations, patterns and relations, space and shapes, collections, and handling of data as well as measurement. You should have the following:
- Knowledge to recognize and use an appropriate strategy in performing any number of operation.
- Ability to use and recognize formulae, functions, inequalities, and equations
- Recognize or use relationships, patterns, and sequences
- Ability to relate plane and solid shapes
- Collect, analyze, and manage data
- Recognize and use appropriate units when estimating and measuring quantities.
- Improve your children’s understanding of all the basic Mathematics concepts.
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Licensure exam format
The examination consists of the following parts:
Part 1: Qualifying exam
Paper 1 tests the areas below:
- Professional values and attitudes
- Professional knowledge
- Professional practice
The paper is done in 1 hour and 15 minutes. It contains 100 marks.
Paper 2 covers:
- Objectives section takes 30 minutes and contains 60 marks.
- Comprehension and composition take 45 minutes and has 40 marks.
Paper 3 is composed of basic computation as follows:
- Objectives done in 30 minutes makes up 60%.
- The written exam takes 45 minutes and has 40 marks.
The total of the three is 300%. An average is calculated to obtain 100%.
Part 2: Assessment of professional practice
Covers the following areas:
- Development of portfolio
- CPD credit points
- Logbook scores
- Induction training
- Others according to training needs
4. Practical teaching scores
NTC exam pass mark
The total score is 100%. You should obtain not less than 50% of the points in each category to pass.
NTC exam results check procedure
Use the steps below:
- Connect to the internet: Use your mobile data or any Wi-Fi connection.
- Go to the exam portal.
- Initiate the process: Tap on ‘Check Results’.
4. Sign in: Enter your serial number and PIN and tap login. You will automatically see your retake or newly teachers’ licensure results.
5. Tap the ‘Print’ button: The slip will be saved to your gadget’s local disk. You can copy it to an external drive and have it printed at any cyber café.
Alternatively, you can walk into the centre you took your examination to have a copy of your NTC certificate.
If you have any issues, complaints, or questions, use the details below to have them attended to:
- Head office location: Education Close Street, Opposite University of Ghana City Campus, Adabraka
- Phone 1: +233 24 252 5835
- Phone 2: 050 059 4088
- Phone 3: 050 059 4051
- Exams hotline 1: 033 209 1100
- Hotline 2: 020 287 0581
- Hotline 3: 055 137 2282
- Facebook: @National Teaching Council
NTC exams registration process is that simple. You only need to pay for the respective enrolment fee, get your PIN and serial number, log in to their portal, fill all the required details and finally present a printed application form to the nearest regional office.
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