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How to Calculate and Award CPD Points to Teachers in Ghana

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Ferdinand|EducationGhana|December 05| How to Calculation and Award CPD Points to Teachers in Ghana

What is Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development?

Teacher Professional Development (PD) is a systematic and sustained process by which teachers maintain, improve and expand their professional knowledge, values, experiences, and skills and their application to real life.

Required activities that involve the development of teacher qualities required to carry out their professional and technical duties during their teaching career. a training and education program organized within or outside the school environment which NTC approves as being relevant to the teaching profession and meet prescribed standards.

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The Continuous Professional Development Framework outlined certain activities that every teacher in the pre-tertiary schools must undertake to be able to accrue points as part of their Professional Development to be able to renew their Teaching Licenses.

 

The Pre-tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management (PTPDM) policy outlines the importance of PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for teachers.

 

The policy emphasizes a competency-based approach that requires regular In-Service Education and Training (INSET) to develop teachers’ capacities.

According to the policy, teachers will be assessed based on defined competencies and
evidence of professional proficiency.

It is therefore the responsibility of individual teachers in Ghana to select, undertake and document relevant PD activities they partake in for the purposes of growing through the profession to maintain their professional status.

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Any PD activity undertaken that is not listed as indicated, should be referred to the Governing Board of the National Teaching Council for approval.

Teacher training logbooks have been developed to document teachers’ training records and related PD credit points.

Where the means of documenting the activities are no immediately available or there is no designated person to verify the activities, it is the responsibility of the teacher to save evidence (E.g., registration, certificate, and attendance records) of the activities for submission at the appropriate time and place as may be directed by NTC.

In addition to the PD programs attended, teachers are required to upload their portfolio records onto the PD portal for onward assessment by Portfolio Assessors.

 

Awarding of CPD Points

The framework provides formulas for calculating PD points at teachers’ respective ranks.

The PD credit points and Portfolio Assessment Scores determine the professional standing of the teacher.

Teachers MUST meet these requirements to renew their licenses, otherwise, they cannot practice as a teacher.

 

 

CALCULATION OF PD CREDIT POINT

The variables involved in calculating the PD points are rank-based, mandatory, and recommended activities.

Teachers at each rank are required to accrue a certain number of PD points within a PD Cycle of 3 years.

According to the PD computation tables in this document, a teacher within 3 years will have to undertake all rank-based training programs and fifteen mandatory training programs, either of which gives two points per activity.

In addition, teachers will have to access a number of recommended training programs to add up to the points accrued for rank based and mandatory. The PD points obtained
from these three activities by calculation should sum up to the required training points per the rank of the teacher.

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TOTAL POINTS REQUIRED TO BE ACCRUED FROM EACH CATEGORY BY
TEACHERS IN SPECIFIC RANKS IN WITHIN THREE YEAR

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The Rank-based, Mandatory and Recommend Activities for gaining CPD Points as Teachers can be assessed HERE

.NOTE: The Newly Qualified Teachers shall accrue 25 points within a year to be qualified for a full license.

The 25 points shall consist of 4 points from Rank Based Activities and 21 points from the
observation activities in the first four (4) weeks of the Induction Programme (Refer to the Induction Guidelines).

On the other hand, In-Service teachers (teachers on Rank 1 – 10) are required to have one-third of their PD cycle points in a year.

Thus, teachers are required to have one-third of each of the points assigned or allocated to mandatory pieces of training, rank-based training, and recommended activities.

 

The points expected to be accrued by a teacher in a particular rank with a year (Py) is calculated as:

Py = 1/3 (mp + Rp + rmp)

where mp = Mandatory training points for respective ranks
Rp = Rank/duty-based training points for respective ranks
rmp = Recommended activities points
Table 5 presents PD points expected to be accrued within a year by a Teacher in a Specific Rank with respect to allocated points for the three categories.

 

Table 5: Calculation of PD Points Expected to be Accrued Within One Year by a Teacher in a Specific Rank

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From the information in the table above, teachers can determine the number of points required to be accrued from a particular category in a year out of the three categories.

This will help the teacher to develop a PD Plan and work towards the achievement of the objectives of such a plan.

Teachers are required to access a minimum of five (5) mandatory pieces of training in a year and a total of fifteen (15) in the three-year cycle.

Therefore, to be able to determine the weight of a mandatory course for a specific rank, teachers will have to divide the number of points required from mandatory activities
in the three (3) years by fifteen (15).

For instance, a teacher in Rank 1 is expected to obtain 30 points from mandatory trainings in three (3)  years.

Thus, fifteen (15) mandatory activities within three (3) years should attract 30 points. This means each mandatory program attracts a maximum of 2 points (30/15).

Moreover, a teacher in Rank 1 who needs 6 points from Rank-based in a year as indicated in table 5, can determine the number of required rank-based activities to be accessed in a year to accrue the 6 points by simply dividing the 6 points by 2 (weighted points for one rank-based activity) and this gives three Rank-based pieces of training in a year.

 

Thus, two points are assigned to either rank-based or mandatory activity accessed by the teacher.

Similarly, for a teacher in Rank 2, the total Rank-based points to be accrued in three (3) years out of the nine (9) Rank-based activities is 18 (2 points by 9 activities). In addition, that teacher is expected to accrue 30 points from mandatory activities.

Therefore, the remaining activities will be accessed from the recommended activities based on computation in the points requirements table for each rank. This means the required points for recommended activity (rmp) for a teacher in any rank is calculated by making rmp the subject of the point-based formula:

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Py = Rp + mp + rmp
where mp = Mandatory training points for respective ranks
Rp = Rank/duty-based training points for respective ranks
rmp = Recommended activities points
Therefore, for rank 1 which requires 60 points in 3 years, the recommended training points can be calculated as

rmp + 30 + 18 = 60
 rmp = 60 – (30 + 18)
 rmp = 60 – (48)
 rmp = 12

 

Teachers are to bear in mind that they are required to meet one-third of their training points in a year to maintain their professional standing status for a particular year.

 

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