Mass licensure exams failure, IMF conditionality a suspect - Prof Gyampo

Prof Ransford Gyampo, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Ghana suspects International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditionality as a factor for the mass failure of licensure exams by candidates.


According to Prof Gyampo, the government, as part of its proposals to get assistance from the IMF, indicated that there would be some public sector recruitment freeze to lift the burden of the government purse.

"hence the explanatory variables of the mass failure in the licensure exam," he said

In an interview on TV3's KeyPoint, Prof Gyampo cautioned Ghanaians to approach their judgment of the massive failure of prospective teachers in licensure exams in order not to discourage and insult those who seek to be part of the noble profession of teaching.

He wondered how a government that has elected to freeze recruitment in the public sector would support the churning out of over 6,000 teachers who would also put pressure on the public purse.


Apart from this, Prof Gyampo also indicated that many of the prospective teachers ventured into the area of teaching not because of their love for the profession but as a sure guarantee against their potential joblessness after school.

He argues that it cannot be part of the noble profession for teachers to jump into it just because it is the only means of providing quick employment for them.

Teaching, he said is a calling for only brilliant and academically smart people.

In this regard, he argued that those who do not have such a calling must not be allowed to get closer to the noble profession adding that joblessness shouldn’t be the reason why people would get into teaching.

Prof Gyampo finally called for a massive overhaul of the quality of training and teaching at the various teacher trainee centers.


He indicated that some of the centers have simply no infrastructure to carry out what they are set out to do and added that the idea of Distance Education that treats students shabbily must also be looked at again because it also accounts for the problem


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