The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is accusing the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government of intentionally using Teachers' Licensure Exams to reduce teacher employment in Ghana.
National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, alleges that many qualified teacher trainees are being failed in the "obnoxious" licensure exams without justification.
"These qualified teachers are made to stay home without any job. Out of desperation, some are compelled to pay bribes to officials of the National Teaching Council in order to get a licence," Mr. Gyamfi said in a featured article.
Mr. Gyamfi was supporting his party's flagbearer John Mahama's recent pledge to scrap the licensure exam if elected in 2024.
During his campaign tour in the Bono region, Mr. Mahama said the exam was needless.
This Mr. Gyamfi stated, "the marking scheme for the obnoxious licensure examination remains a mystery."
He explained that "The pass mark is whimsically and capriciously adjusted depending on the number of qualified teachers government intends to deny employment every year."
He further alleged that some teachers who previously failed but later passed the exam have been denied employment and are sitting idle at home.
"The reason for this injustice is simple; the failed Akufo-Addo government/Bawumia government simply does not have the financial capacity to employ all teacher trainee graduates, hence has devised a plan to use the obnoxious licensure exam to suppress the number of teachers they have to employ every year under the guise of licensing teachers," Mr. Gyamfi said.
"This elimination by rough tactic is simply unfair. This is why, the visionary Nation Builder, H.E John Dramani Mahama, has promised to abolish it when elected in 2024," the NDC Communications Officer added.