During the summer of 2016, 80% of those who sat the state teacher certification exams did no achieve the required minimum grade. Of the 22,799 who registered for the exam, 17,137 actually sat the exams and 13,673 of them failed. Out of the 3024 people who applied to teach junior classes, only 31 managed to pass.
The National Assessment and Examinations Center has stated, “It’s incorrect and wrong to evaluate current teachers and their performance based on these results.”
“Please bear in mind that both current teachers and also the ones who want to become teachers sit the exams… we wanted to once again emphasize our position that it’s incorrect and wrong to evaluate current teachers and their performance based on these results”, said the National Assessment and Examinations Center.
The Minister of Education, Aleksandre Jejelava, also stated, “I don’t think we have a problem… I think that an exam in which 70-80% of applicants cannot achieve the minimum percentage, it’s the problem with the exam itself. We promised teachers that we would have many alternatives to this exam. Examination of the subject is just one method of assessment. We would also like to assess people’s skills, which was a practise used in the past. We would like to do this again, but it would be optional.”
On August 15 the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, also commented on this matter, “We will boost the prestige of teachers. They cannot face continued tests and exams. We cannot have the people who guarantee the education of future generations at the expense of their own lives and health face such uncertainty”.