Ferdinand| EducationGhana |December 10 |What role does the GES play in the awarding of CPD Points to 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.
What role does the GES play in the awarding of CPD Points to Teachers
The employers of teachers have been very active collaborators of NTC in the drive to professionalise teaching. It is expected that they shall continue to motivate their teachers to actively participate in PD as professionally required by NTC.
The employers can do this by:
i. Granting teachers leave to attend PD programmes.
ii. Liaising with NTC to bring to the notice of teachers relevant information pertaining to
PD from time to time.
iii. Rewarding teachers who excel in PDs.
iv. Making participation in PD one of the criteria for enjoying certain benefits at work.
v. Making participation in PD a mandatory condition for promotion.
vi. Organize mandatory training for teachers including SBIs, CBIs and DBIs.
vii. Liaising with NTC to occasionally provide supply-driven training to teachers.
The benefits of teachers’ active participation in PD are immense for employers as they are for the education system.
PD is the benchmark and primary condition for teachers to remain fit to discharge
their duties many years after initial training. Therefore, supporting PD for teachers implies
empowering them to render unmatched services to both the organization and humanity.
On the other hand, depriving teachers of PD opportunities amounts to stifling their productivity and promoting quackery in the profession.
To make it easy for teachers to access professional development programmes, NTC shall certify private individuals or organizations who meet the laid down criteria
of PD service providers to send the training to the doorsteps of teachers.
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