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Kwasi Kwarteng Writes; “The solution to mass failure in an exam does not lie in abolishing the exams”

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The solution to mass failure in an exam does not lie in abolishing the exams

Kwasi Kwarteng

1.  For quality and Standardization purposes, many professions and agencies use license systems to select individuals into their respective fields. All over the world the most efficient module used in this process is examination; whether written or unwritten (oral, physical or medical). For instance, in the enlistment of personnel into any of our security services, one will need to meet certain standards/test (Medical and Physical examination) before qualifying. The standard becomes even higher in the context of a teaching appointment where the prospective employee as part of his job requirement is to ensure the academic excellence of students through the imparting of knowledge and skills.

2. Against the backdrop of many institutions (Public and private) training teachers, there is the need for setting a common denominator in meeting the quality test hence the teacher licensing regime. The license system validates the legal authorization of the mandate of the NTC in indicating that a teacher has met all the minimum standards (knowledge, skills, values and attitudes, competencies and experience) necessary to deliver effectively in schools and protect the public through the enforcement of standards that restricts practice to qualified individuals who have met specific qualifications in education.

3. Suffice to say, the concept of the Professional Teacher License goes beyond standardization and quality purposes. It demonstrates the highest mark of professional accomplishment that makes the Ghanaian teacher a member of a larger network of accomplished educators shaping the teaching profession as well as human resources. At no point should the profession become the last resort for anyone who isn’t successful at his/her chosen career.  Like in other fields, there must be that professional differentiator that sets our teachers at par with players in other disciplines/professions.

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4. In view of the Global standards and recognition we aspire for, this exam is a matter of  necessity. It cannot also be substituted with any other form of exam for that matter an internal exam. For instance, a school’s internal exam does not negate the relevance of exams like WASSCE within the context of ensuring proper educational standardization within the West African Region. Hence an effective teacher license system places a higher premium, value and integrity on Ghana’s education system thereby making our teachers and students globally competitive and recognizable.  Recall we rode on the back of similar global recognition and goodwill to export Ghanaian-trained nurses to Barbados. With a good teacher licensure, we should be looking at leading the export of teachers in the Global space. It is possible!

5. Consequently, the solution to failure of candidates in undertaking a professional exam does not lie in  the abolition of such exams; we do not scrap BECE when students do not perform. Neither do we scrap WASSCE when students fail to perform. Rather the non-performance should serve as an opportunity to thoroughly evaluate and hold a broader conversation into the quality of education at our training institutions. Proposals for Educational reforms must be scientifically driven. Regards.

 

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Pupils Of Taifa St. Dominic R/C 1 Basic School Elect Prefects Through Official Electoral Processes

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Taifa St. Dominic R/C 1 Basic School introduces the Learners to the national electoral processes

The election committee of Taifa St. Dominic R/C 1 Basic school, has for the second time introduced learners to the General Voting System on the 20th May, 2022.

The school located in the Abokobi Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, since its establishment, has been using the folding of papers and other forms to elect their school Prefects.

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The electorates (learners) went through the necessary voting procedures laid out by the Electoral Commission to elect their Prefects.

The chairman of the elections committee of Taifa St. Dominic R/C 1 Basic, Mr. David Otchere in an exclusive interview with the media said that, the idea is to prepare learners for the voting system.

He went further to say that, he doesn’t like the rate at which electorates spoil ballot papers during national elections. He thinks this is because they do not get any eye opening of the electoral process. It is his wish to see an election of no spoilt ballot during National Elections.

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He also added that,  this move will help the learners  to exercise their franchise with ease. He took the opportunities to educate learners on the importance of election.

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Story By: Vincent Kwasi Mukey

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