Ferdinand| EducationGhana| October 2|Teacher License: Over 100,000 Teachers have not accrued a Single CPD Point-NTC
The NTC in a letter dated October 2, 2022, to the Director General of the GES indicated that the development was worrisome.
”The National Teaching Council has noted with concern the snail pace at which staff of GES are complying with the point-based teacher continuous professional development (CPD) since the commencement of teacher registration and licensing in October 2020. The data available to the Council points to a disturbing low points build-up for the majority of teachers.” The letter said.
The NTC said the Council per its guidelines has opted to use CPD points as one of the conditions for the renewal of in-service teachers’ licences and registration.
”Based on a person’s rank, one must obtain a minimum number of points to qualify for renewal of licence and registration. The CPD points are gained by assessing NTC-approved CPDs, either provided by the employer or accredited CPD providers.” The NTC indicated.
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The NTC said Data available to the Council indicates that over one hundred thousand (100,000) of the GES staff have not accrued a single CPD point since their registration numbers were issued from October 2020 to date.
Presently, only four thousand, out of over three hundred thousand teachers are potentially able to meet the minimum CPD points by the end of next year
Per the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2021, Act 1023, 67(1) “A person shall not practice as a teacher unless the person is registered as a teacher in accordance with this Act”. It is also urgent to draw your attention to section 79 of the same Act which says “A person shall not knowingly or negligently employ a person as a teacher in an institution unless the teacher is registered under this Act”. Also, note that teachers are expected to renew their registration within fifteen days before the specified expiry date.
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The NTC further indicated, that the trend of the GES staff’s compliance with the prescription of the law is worrisome and your immediate intervention to forestall us coming to the brink of a legal dilemma.
”It is important that NTC enforces the law but is equally important that our schools have professionally qualified teachers.”
”This pre-emptive communication is to enable us to strategize ahead of time and ensure that no teacher is unduly affected.”
”The Council, therefore, calls on you as the employer of a large number of teachers to strategize how you can support your staff to work consciously towards compliance.” The letter suggested.
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