Friends From Colleges of Education (FFCE), a teacher trainee association who just completed a their 3 year diploma in basic Education in July 2018, have registered their displeasure over the decision of the National Teaching Council (NTC) to conduct a licensing exams teacher trainees who have just completed colleges of education this year.
The teacher trainees association believe the move is a ploy by government to deny them employment.
They said the decision by the National Teaching Council was only made known to them when they were almost about completing their course this year.
They described the move as unfair noting that their colleagues in the Nursing Training Colleges is notified through their admission letters.
They felt if the government wants to improve on the performance of teachers, they should provide them with the requisite teaching aids and equipment and also increase teacher supervision and motivation.
They further stated that consultations, considerations and communication on the exams to the trainees was poorly done.
The teacher trainee association made it clear that even though the idea is good, government should do a broader consultation with all relevant stakeholders.
The association gave the Education Ministry a 3-day ultimatum to suspend the licensing exams and introduce it to the newly admitted teacher trainees.
They also appealed to the government to post them to the various basic schools.