Mahama’s Promise To Scrap Licensure Exams Populist
– Ing. Gomashie
Wisdom Edem Gomashie, a certified mining engineer, has described as populist, a proposal by the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC),John Dramani Mahama, to abolish the licensure exams for teacher trainees.
He stated that, the licensure exam intake is something he will stand for on any day, as it is essential in ensuring the competence and quality of every professional field.
In his view, Ing. Gomashie said, any politician who promises to cancel policy is simply being “populist with emotions which may leave teachers non-competitive.”
Mr. Mahama, during his ‘Building Ghana Tour’ in the Bono Region over the weekend, pledged to cancel the licensure exams, contending that subjecting teacher trainees to an additional assessment for qualification is unnecessary.
But the former Ghana Manganese Company (GMC)engineer, in an article sighted by The Anchor, insists the former President’s proposal should be revised.
He argued that, “from time immemorial, professional certifications and licensures have been a common thing to ensure proper work ethics, professionalism and promote effective productivity across the world.”
According to him, other professional bodies, such as medical doctors, lawyers and nursing, among others, undertake this licensure exams just to certify them.
Today, he stressed, others like “Surveyors, Engineers, Marketers, Accountants, Bankers, Carpenters, Masons among many others have all established standards to certify themselves to meet the demands of a changing world.”
Ing. Gomashie, however, said, if it is the case that teacher trainees are not against the licensure, but rather it is the process that they seem uncomfortable with, then stakeholders in the educational sector should be engaged through the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) to find solutions to the policy.
He also wants government to accept dissenting views in order to fix any concerns associated with the policy.
Below Is Published, The Full Article By Wisdom Edem Gomashie:
On H. E. John Dramani Mahama’s promise to cancel Teachers Licensure Exams
When I saw the news item, I thought it was fake. Later, I saw some credible news outlets publishing it with his videos et al.
- One online podcast indicated that, an academic qualification enables you to research a specific subject, while a professional qualification offers you the training to work in a specific field.
- From time immemorial, professional certifications and licensures have been a common thing to ensure proper work ethics, professionalism and promote effective productivity across the world.
- Doctors upon whatever school they attend in the World are to be licensed to operate. In Ghana, the Medical and Dental Council is in charge. So for example, my good friend and brother, Dr. Alhassan Lukman is certified to operate😊
- Lawyers after their LLB, are mandated to take up a professional law course to pass before they are called to the bar. So for example, learned ones like Sammy Genfi Sammi Awuku Osman Ayarigaen co went through nicely.
- As a Mining Engineer myself, I could be a Professor in Mining Engineering, without a blasting certificate of competency issued to me by the Minerals Commission of Ghana, I cannot by law undertake any blasting operations and others;
- Today, if you are a Procurement Practitioner and you are not enrolled as a Member of any professional body, you can’t get some jobs, you can’t sit on some statutory boards of state and even in the private sector it is worse…
- Today, Surveyors, Engineers, Marketers, Accountants, Bankers, Carpenters, Masons among many others have all established standards to certify themselves to meet the demands of a changing world.
- To handle key infrastructural projects as a project engineer, if you are not a member of any engineering professional institution in good standing, forget it, you next colleague with that thing will be picked over you…
To My Worry
Why is it that, our gallant teachers are expressing dissatisfaction towards the Licensure? Is it the case that, the mode of executing the exams is not appropriate?
NAGRAT PLATFORM GNAT NATIONAL TTAG Weekly Journal and all educational stakeholders needs to be engaged more by #NACCA en co?
If teachers are not against Licensure but it is the process they despise, then we find solutions.
Teachers in Ghana should use their good number to push more for their interests and not allow Politicians to screw them for votes in swinging policies.
Licensure of Teachers is something I will stand by. Dissenting views must be taken by government and fix concerns.
Any Politician who promises to cancel this is being Populist with emotions which may leave Teachers non-competitive.