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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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Kwasi Kwarteng
0244694818 frimpongkwartengfrimpong@gmail.com

 

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Brilliant KWASTECH Student, William Afful Begins Lectures at University of Ghana Law School

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Sintim Media Gets Result as brilliant But Needy Student, William Afful Bamfo from Kwanyako SHS Begins Lectures At University of Ghana Law School.

William Afful Bamfo, Level 100 Law Student at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Our news team at Sintim Media is glad to announce to our cherished readers that, our life changing story about William Afful Bamfo, the brilliant but needy student from Kwanyako SHS has yielded good results as he has begun orientation and lectures at the University of Ghana Law School.

After emerging as the overall best graduating student in Kwanyako SHS for the year 2022, William’s dream of becoming a lawyer is set to be achieved.

Coming from a poor background but with a bright future, the 18year old Kwastech scholar appealed to the public for financial support in helping him achieve his dream of reading law in the university.

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After his story went viral, several philanthropists reached out and have helped  paid off his admission fees, accommodation fees and also blessed him with cash for his campus living expenses which amount to a sum of GHC 7,000

William Afful Bamfo, Level 100 Law Student at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Sintim Media confirms that, William Afful’s fees for level 200 has been paid in advance by another philanthropist.

The scholarship secretariat through the office of the First Lady is also working to secure a four year scholarship plan for William Afful Bamfo.

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William Afful Bamfo of Kwanyako SHS Gains Admission To Read LAW At University of Ghana, Legon

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We at Sintim Media extend our profound gratitude to all and sundry who helped in sharing William’s story. We celebrate this success story together and we believe together we’ve contributed in creating impact in the society.

About William Afful Bamfo:

William Afful Bamfo, born and raised in Agona Kwanyako in the Agona East District of Central Region is currently the overall best student for year 2022 in Kwanyako Senior High Technical School.

Having completed his WASSCE with distinction, William had “A1” in Seven (7) subjects with C4 in English Language.

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William’s WASSCE Results and Admission Letter 

William Afful Bamfo has been admitted to the College of Humanities to pursue a Four Year Full Time course of study leading to the award of Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of Ghana.

William’s  family extends their sincere appreciation to all the philanthropists for their benevolence.

 

Source: Sintim Media

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