In and Out of the National Teaching Council

FULL PRESENTATION BY MR. CHRISTIAN ADDAI POKU, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL TEACHING COUNCIL -GHANA, AT AN ENCOUNTER WITH MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC TEACHERS -GHANA VIA ZOOM ON LICENSING  IN-SERVICE TEACHERS

DATED: SUNDAY 10TH MAY,2020

Introduction
The National Teaching Council (NTC) is an agency of the Ministry of Education mandated by the Education Act 2008 (ACT 778) to promote teacher professionalism in Ghana.

What do we do at NTC?

License and Register teachers
Develop and periodically review professional practice and ethical standards
Provide framework for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of teachers
Collaborate with National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to regulate teacher training

Why should teachers be licensed and registered?
The license is the only legal authorisation to practise as a teacher in Ghana
It signifies that the teacher meets the knowledge and skills required by NTC
It enhances the teacher’s employability globally
It gives recognition to a teacher as a member of a profession

How are teachers licensed and registered?
They must have completed initial teacher training programme (Diploma, B.Ed, PGDE etc). The training institution must have uploaded the pass list onto the NTC portal
They must have passed the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE)
They must have been given a provisional license
They must have completed induction programme (this includes portfolio assessment)
Full license is then issued
NB: Teachers already employed before September, 2018 will be issued with the license without writing the GTLE.

How will teachers with foreign qualifications be licensed?
They must have submitted certificates for verification and confirmation by National Accreditation Board (NAB) before applying for the license
They must pass the GTLE
They might have gone through induction programme
Full license will then be issued
NB: Licensed Foreign Teachers might be exempted from the GTLE and induction programme

Will applicants pay for licensing and registration?
There are legally approved fees for GTLE, licensing and registration as well as renewal

After licensing what next?
Undergo CPD
Build portfolio
Adhere to prescribed Standards and professional ethics
Renew license

What is CPD?
It refers to the process by which teachers maintain and enhance their knowledge, skills and experiences as they work after any initial training.

What goes into CPD?
Mandatory programmes
These are essential trainings that every teacher is expected to attend through Professional Learning Community (PLC) programmes such as SBI, CBI, DBI
Rank based programmes (Community of Practice)
These are training programmes expected to be attended by teachers in specific ranks, classes, subjects or positions to deal with specific issues in relation to their assigned roles. (School Improvement Officers, Heads of Schools, HODs, Directors of Education, Subject Teachers etc)
Recommended programmes:
These are trainings which are recommended by NTC based on needs assessment
Portfolio building
It is a detailed record of training programmes and activities attended by a teacher within a specified period, that is, between the issuance of the license to its renewal

What are Professional Standards and Ethics?
They are set of guidelines and ethics that govern the conduct of all professional teachers.
The National Teachers’ Standards specifies competences required by individual teachers at the various levels.

So, to develop and exhibit required competences for their work, teachers are expected to undergo specified professional trainings at various levels as has been spelt out by the National Teachers’ Standards
These trainings include Mandatory ones, rank-based ones and Post Graduate Diploma in Education for teachers without an education certificate.

Would teacher licensing lead to job loss?
The licensing regime will not kick trained teachers out of service irrespective of their qualification.

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