Ferdinand|EducationGhana|December 05|Top 7 ways CPD Points are submitted for the grading of 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.
Submission of CPD Points by Public and Private Schools
- Service Providers shall fill teachers’ logbooks and later complete digital logging on the portal after each programme.
- Participants should crosscheck their training logbooks and portfolio records with NTC to validate their data submitted by the Service Providers and Portfolio Assessors respectively.
- Education Directors or their Representatives shall enter PD points from SBI, CBI or any other organized by GES.
- Training points relating to SBI, CBI and DBI shall be verified by NTC. The immediate supervisor of the teacher shall log any self-initiative made by the teacher to promote teaching and learning in the Logbook.
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- Logbooks shall be submitted to the respective District/Regional Directors who have unique access to enter the accrued points upon verification.
- The digital logging shall be open to Directors, one (1) month before vacation and shall be closed three weeks after vacation.
- Front desk officers may be appointed by a director to support the entries at the school level.
Licensed Teachers who are not practising teaching shall be required to submit evidence of workshops, training and seminars attended which relate to the teaching profession.
Also, in situations where employers are not able to provide the required number of supply-driven activities for teachers, they (teachers) are required to rely on other available
means to accrue the needed points.
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Teachers who accept postings to ‘deprived areas’ shall be given training worth 10 points by the employer (district) without payment of any training fee by the teacher.
This is to serve as part of an incentive mechanism to attract teachers to and retain them in such places as may be defined by employers and employees.
The purpose of this arrangement is to motivate teachers to accept postings to
every part of the country.
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