GNAT Protests NTC Entrance Exams for Colleges of Education(CoE). The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has bare its teeth over the National Teaching Council (NTC) decison to introduce an entrance examination for students who wish to become trainee teachers.
In a letter dated February 7, 2022, the Ghana National Association of Teachers have expressed worry over the current posture of the National Teaching Council in forcing policies down their throats in the education mileu.
The Ghana National Association of Teachers have registered its frustration and calls for immediate stop to the idea of introducing an entrance exam.
GNAT’s Reaction to Policy
The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) reacting to NTC’s move indicated that, ” The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) protests against the NTC for once again, attempting to craft a policy and arbitrarily foist it in the education enterprise.
“We wish to draw the attention of the NTC to Section 60 (a), Part 3 of the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020, which stipulates the functions of the NTC as
advising the Minister (For education) ……….of teachers.
and allow the Ghana Education Service (GES) to play its role as lead agency for the implementation of approved policies at the pre-tertiary level, and not to subsume it”.
GNAT has beckoned the NTC to cease being a Regulator and Implementer since it does not have such mandate to do so. The Association also expressed “tiredness and weariness with the idea of throwing out policies into the education mileu without consultations with Bodies which matter”.
The NTC has indicated as part of measures to ensure students admitted into colleges of education are qualified, it has introduced an entrance exam, Ghana Basic Education Skills Examination Test. Candidates who pass the Numeracy and Literacy tests only, would be considered admission to pursue various teacher education programmes. This, the Ghana National Association of Teachers have registered displeasure on.
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