May 2021 Examination
The May 2021 examination, which was the first post-COVID event, came off on the 6th and 7th.
The results have not been officially announced as always but the Minister for Education Dr. Yaw Adutwum recently, on 22nd August 2021, briefed the President of the republic on the performance of candidates in the different papers of the examination. He said despite lowering the pass mark for each paper, there was mass failure by candidates. The number of registered candidates was 27,695.
According to him only 23% of the candidates passed in all the three papers, 78% passed in two papers. As part of measures to prevent a repeat of such mass failure, the minister directed the administrator of the examinations, National Teaching Council to "create a web portal with thousands of sample questions for people to have the opportunity to practise and use to prepare to sit for the national examination."
A successful candidate is the one who passes all the three papers, thus only 23% of the candidates who took the examination were successful. This is the worst candidate performance ever. Until now the lowest pass rate was recorded in the March 2019 edition of the examination, in which 67% of candidates made it.
October 2020 Examination
The administrator of the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE), National Teaching Council (NTC), released the results of the October 2020 event on 5th January 2021. The total number of first time examination takers was 27,455. Out of the number a total of 19,013 passed in all the three papers representing a 69.3% pass rate. Eight thousand, four hundred and forty-two candidates were not successful in all the three papers. The number includes the results of those candidates whose results have been witheld pending investigations into examination malpractices. A little over 4,000 resit candidates also participated in the event.
The GTLE tests trained teachers in three papers namely Essential Professional Skills, Literacy Skills and Numeracy Skills. Eligible candidates include first timers, trained individuals, who have completed a teacher training college or teacher training university and passed their final year examinations. They also include resit candidates. If a condidate is unsuccessful, after three resits of a paper, he or she is disqualified from practicing in Ghana as a professional teacher.
The October edition of the examination came off on the 1st and 2nd. The event is held twice a year by the examination administrator. The two events of 2020 were delayed because of challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.