PRINCOF In Supports Of Colleges Of Education Entrance Exams For Prospective Applicants
The management of the National Conference Of Principals of Colleges Of Education (PRINCOF) has backed the decision by the National Teaching Council (NTC) to introduce an entrance examination for prospective colleges of education applicants in August 2022.
The President Of PRINCOF, Mr. Emmanuel Nyamekye in an interview with Joynews monitored by Skynewsgh.com stated that all prospective teacher trainees who want to be admitted at any Public Colleges Of Education will be tested on numeracy and literacy.
According to the President Of PRINCOF, the introduction of the entrance examination for prospective applicants is part of measures to ensure that people who are committed can go through the training program successfully.
“We are seeking for teachers with qualities and not the quantity we produce each year in the name of ‘we need more teachers’. I acknowledge the fact that we need more teachers but they should be those who can teach after their training”, Mr.Emmanuel Nyamekye further added.
Minister Of Education
The Minister Of Education, Dr.Yao Osei Adutwum has also backed the calls by National Teaching Council (NTC) to introduce the entrance Examination for prospective applicants.
” for the country to have quality education, there will be the need to ensure that those who taught the students had the required qualification”
It will be recalled that the Registrar of the National Teaching Council, Dr.Christian Addai said that starting from August 2022, prospective applicants seeking college of Education admission will have to write an entrance examination before giving admission.
The Entrance Examination to be written is called Ghana Basic Education Skills Examination Test (GBEST) which seeks to evaluate prospective teacher trainees in literacy and numeracy
According to Dr.Christian Addai, Aside from weeding out people not fit to teach from the system, he said the new reform would also help parents and students not waste time and resources training for a profession they were not fit for.