Ferdinand|EducationGhana|December 04| The Rank-based, Mandatory and Recommend Activities for gaining CPD Points as Teachers
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.
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.
The point-gaining activities are grouped into two broad categories of which teachers are expected to partake in both activities within three years before they can be qualified to renew their licenses.
The two activities are categorised into two broad categories namely;
- Supply Driven Activities and
- Demand-Driven Activities.
THE NEXT ARTICLE SHALL DEAL MUCH INTO THESE TWO BROAD CATEGORIES OF ACTIVITIES,
Our focus is on the Rank-based, Mandatory and Recommend Activities for gaining CPD Points as Teachers
Teachers who accept postings to NTC and GES’s defined deprived areas are given opportunities to access demand-driven PD programs to be organized by GES in collaboration with the NTC without any payment except for transport and feeding.
Components of PD Programmes
The detailed contents and credit points of the respective programs are determined by NTC based on the needs of the teaching profession over a given period. Basically, the PD program covers annual conferences of registered teachers, workshops, seminars, and training on curricular knowledge, SBI, CBI, and DBI as well as other training programs approved by the NTC.
Teachers must access these programs at institutions certified by NTC.
The cycle of PD and Allotment of Credit Points
PD programs run for a cycle of three (3) years. This implies that every registered teacher has three (3) years to earn the minimum credit points stipulated for his/her level/rank.
This rule applies to teachers at all levels of the Education system, both public and private sectors including holders of administrative positions.
A teacher must be physically present and receive a certificate of attendance at the end of any program to earn credit points allotted to that category of PD
Grouping of PD Activities
The training groups required to meet PD points at the various ranks have been identified as
The latter is also grouped into categories based on the complex nature of the activities and the level of involvement of the teacher. Teachers at specific ranks are to access activities from all the groups.
1. Mandatory Courses for all In-Service Teachers
Mode of training for items 1 to 23 includes PLC (CBI or SBI) and CoP (DBI or Duty Based Training) or Demand-driven training.
Note: SBI/CBI/DBI (2 points by three for a year making a total of 6). It also holds for Office Based Capacity Building (Intra-Departmental is synonymous with DBI and Inter-Departmental is also equivalent to Cluster Based INSET, Capacity Building for staff in an institution is similar to SBI. These pieces of training cut across.
2. In-Service Teachers’ Rank-Based Training
A. Newly Qualified Teachers Rank-Based Training
B. Rank 1 (Superintendent 11)
C. Rank 2 (Superintendent 1)
C. Rank 3 ( Senior Superintendent 11)
E. Rank 4 ( Senior Superintendent 1)
F. Rank 5 ( Principal Superintendent 1)
G. RANK 6 (Assistant Director 11)
h. RANK 7 (Assistant Director 1)
I. RANK 8 (Deputy Director )
J. RANK 9 (Director 1)
K. RANK 10( Director 11)
NOTE: All Ranked Based PDs must be completed in a PD cycle of 3 years for regular teachers. For any other course to be certified, it must meet the National Teachers’ Standards (Training Needs) set by NTC.
The core courses and training that need to be covered by PD programs shall be designed to be appropriate for teachers at the various levels of the education system for whom it is intended.
The programs shall also reflect their daily professional challenges and subject specializations. NTC shall from time to time publish more subjects and emerging themes that may be covered in PDs.
3. Recommended Activities for Inservice Teachers CPD Points Building
Table 1 provides the required points for the three categories (Rank Based, Mandatory and Recommended Activities) for the PD cycle (3 years)
Note: Every teacher should have at least 34% of the PD points per year or at least 1/3 of their total points per rank.
Teachers shall access training Recommended to complement training points received from both Rank Based and Mandatory activities.
The selection of recommended training is based on either teacher’s own needs assessment results or a recommendation by a supportive supervisor.
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