Comprehensive Introduction to Teachers Continuous Professional Development in Ghana

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Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development (TCPD) is a systematic and sustained process by which a teacher not only maintains, but also improves and expands his/her professional knowledge, values and skills.
The Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development Framework (‘TCPDFramework’) is designed by the National Teaching Council (NTC) of Ghana and formalizes a teacher’s
responsibility and commitment to being a professionally competent and relevant practitioner.
The Framework serves as a guideline for Teachers, Education Directors, Teacher Education Service Providers and other stakeholders on provision of quality teacher training programmes for In-Service Teachers.
The Framework has identified different activities which have been grouped as Mandatory, Ranked Based and Recommended activities.
The latter is also grouped into categories based on the complexity nature of the activities and level of involvement of the teacher. This is to ensure consistency in calculation of and validity in assigning credit points.
Teachers at specific ranks are to access activities from both Mandatory and Ranked Based Trainings. In addition, they are required to select any of the categories within the Recommended Trainings to meet a required TCPD point at that rank in a-3year TCPD cycle.
The teacher can access trainings from the employer either at the school level through Professional Learning Communities-PLC (School Based, Departmental Based or Cluster Based)Community of Practice-CoP (Workshop for Heads of Institutions or School Improvement Officers (SIO) or teachers for a particular subject or teachers of a particular class (BS3, BS1, KG2) or teachers assigned with common roles and responsibilities. Such programmes are mostly supply driven.
Teachers can also use the teachers’ portal to access TCPD activities from Accredited Service Providers on Demand.
Development Partners and NGO’s working closely with the Ministry of Education are also certified to collaborate with District Education offices to provide supply driven programmes to teachers.
NTC will collaborate with NIB to monitor such trainings to ensure standards are met.

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