Some candidates who failed the May 2020 Ghana Teacher Licensure Exams(GTLE) say they suspect some machinations by the National Teaching Council(NTC) following the massive failure across the country.
The majority of the candidates who are victims expressed their dissatisfaction with the NTC’s policies and marking scheme calling for a review of the results before publication.
“We are not satisfied with the results released by NTC on the 29th of July, 2021. After checking the results, we have realised that the results on the portal keep on changing. We wrote our first exams i.e Literacy, Numeracy and Essential Skills. We wrote it on 1st and 2nd October 2020. But right now if we check our results on the portal where we have sat for the resit papers those centres are not reflecting on the portal. It is rather our old centres that we sat for the three papers that are reflecting.
“So this one is giving me evidence that there are errors in the publication of the results. It means that there are errors that were supposed to be corrected before the results were published. So we are begging and pleading on NTC to review the exams results before publishing,” one of the angry candidates said in an interview with Kasapa News’ Yaw Boagyan.
Following the release from TTAG on the mass failure of the just ended March Licensure Examination, the leadership, on Thursday 5th August, 2021, engaged the Registrar of National Teaching Council, Dr. Christian Addai Poku in Accra to ascertain the cause of the mass failure, demand statistics and procedure for remarking, and also appeal for another exam to be conducted as soon as possible for the victims to be recruited by GES.
On the cause of the mass failure, the Registrar informed the leadership that the majority of those who sat for the exams were resit students and that, preparation towards the exams was adequate. He further stated that there wasn’t any leakage of any of the papers, and invigilation was tight since the victims were not allowed to sit for the papers in their various institutions.
He then emphatically stated that the results were not the true reflection of the performance of the students.
The leadership further requested for the statistics of the exams to clear the mindset of its constituents of a deliberate attempt by NTC to shortlist the number of trained teachers who will be eligible for recruitment by GES.
In response to the request, the leadership was told that the statistics over the years have been twisted by the media which sends negative signal about teachers.
He elaborated further that the media only publish the failures and relegate the good news of the results to bring disrepute to our fraternity, therefore there would be no statistics of the exams this year.
He further stated that whoever feels they have been cheated can challenge their results by applying for remarking. He is ready to do open remarking where the answer booklet of the applicant will be juxtaposed to the marking scheme in the applicant’s presence, he added.
Procedure for remarking include; writing official letter to the Registrar of NTC requesting for your scrip(s) to be remarked where an amount of six hundred Ghana cedis (Gh600.00) will be paid into NTC account as remarking fee.
The leadership further appealed to the Registrar for the victims to be given the opportunity to redeem themselves before the portal of GES will be opened for recruitment.
The Registrar assured the delegation that they are working to open the portal in the middle of this month(August) for the victims to redeem themselves.