More than 8,000 teachers fail licensure examination

More than 8,000 teachers who wrote the mandatory licensure examination flunked it.

A statement issued by the National Teaching Council (NTC), organisers of the examination, said a total of 8,442 out of the 27,455 candidates whose results have been released failed the examination.

That means 30.7 % of those who sat the examination failed would not be licensed to practice.

In 2019, a total of 7,432 teachers failed the maiden teacher licensure examination.

Per the results, of the 28,757 teachers who wrote the examination, 21,287, representing 74 per cent passed the exams.

Rather than improve, a thousand more teachers have added to last year’s failures, as the percentage of failures shot up

The statement signed and issued by the Public Relations Officer of the National Teaching Council (NTC), Dennis Osei-Owusu, 19,013 candidates, representing 69.3 per cent, passed the examination.

This means about 5.1% more teachers failed compared to last year’s figures.

Teachers graduating from teacher education programmes with diplomas, bachelor and post-graduate degrees from colleges of education/universities are required to pass a professional licensure examination.

According to the statement, the results of some candidates had been withheld pending investigations. In 2019, the results of 26 students were withheld.

The council urged all candidates to check their results from the NTC online portal at exam.ntc.gov.gh by using either their PINS given during registration or their examination index numbers using their phone numbers.

“Candidates are advised to print their provisional certificates after checking their phone numbers,” the statement said.


The government introduced the teacher licensure examination in 2018, backed by the Education Act of 2008, Act 778, with the first-ever exams taking place in September 2018.

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