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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Konongo Catholic Deanery Supported St. Mary Catholic Girls SHS

The Konongo deanery of Konongo-Mampong Catholic diocese in the Ashanti Region has donated some building materials worth Two Thousand Ghana Cedis to the St. Mary Catholic Girls Senior High School at Konongo in the Asante Akyem.

The items included five packets of roofing sheets and five boxes of roofing nails and felt.

Present to do the donations on behalf of the deanery were the Dean of the deanery Rev. Fr. Daniel Fosu who is also the parish priest of Odumase- Asante Akyem Central; Rev. Fr. Isaac Nsiah, the Co-cathedral Administrator, Konongo; Rev. Fr. Douglas Appiah– the assistant priest of Odumase and the financial secretary of the deanery; Rev. Fr. Derek Ansah Boateng– assistant co-cathedral administrator.

Fr Daniel Fosu, Dean of the Konongo Catholic Deanery explained that the donation was in attempt to respond to some of the numerous challenges the school was encountering in the area of infrastructure development.

He disclosed that the only Catholic girls’ Senior High School in the Konongo Mampong Catholic it was time for the Church to support the school to overcome its infrastructure challenges.

He said the gesture was in a respond a request the school authorities put before the deanery some months ago.

Fr. Fosu stated that the items were to helping roofing an uncompleted staff residence to help house some staff members.

The headmistress, Mrs. Alice Martha Agyei with her accountant received the items with gratitude.

She said the items came at the right time, since they needed to roof that building to house some staff members to help in monitoring and supervising the students, when they returned from Covid 19 break.

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1st ACT-GH ZOOM MEETING WITH NTC BOSS

 

 ACT- Ghana invites you to it’s 1st ZOOM meeting use the link below to join the meeting on Sunday. Don’t missed it. members are encouraged to participate fully. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7747951884?pwd=OHNjNDRvSlcybk85U1hiMjBxR25qZz09 Steps to follow download Zoom meeting app from your play store and install, sing up.

PROGRAM OUTLINE FOR 1ST ZOOM MEETING

1. Opening Prayer – by National Vice President Bro Francis
2. Introduction and purpose of the meeting – by National President Bro Dogodzi
3. Introduction of resource person – by National Coordinator Bro Baafi
4. Talk by resource person – Mr Christian Addai Poku
5. Question Time – by moderators
6. Summary of the proceedings – by National Coordinator Bro Baafi
7. Vote of thanks – by National Co-Opted member Sis Cynthia
8. Closing Prayer – by any member of the house
Moderators – – National Coordinator Bro Baafi and National Vice Secretary Sis Rita Ndonib

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ACT-GH 1st ZOOM MEETING: In and Out of Activities of NTC

 ACT- Ghana invites you to it’s 1st ZOOM meeting use the link below to join the meeting on Sunday. Don’t missed it. members are encouraged to participate fully. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7747951884?pwd=OHNjNDRvSlcybk85U1hiMjBxR25qZz09 Steps to follow download Zoom meeting app from your play store and install, sing up.

PROGRAM OUTLINE FOR 1ST ZOOM MEETING

1. Opening Prayer – by National Vice President Bro Francis
2. Introduction and purpose of the meeting – by National President Bro Dogodzi
3. Introduction of resource person – by National Coordinator Bro Baafi
4. Talk by resource person – Mr Christian Addai Poku
5. Question Time – by moderators
6. Summary of the proceedings – by National Coordinator Bro Baafi
7. Vote of thanks – by National Co-Opted member Sis Cynthia
8. Closing Prayer – by any member of the house
Moderators – – National Coordinator Bro Baafi and National Vice Secretary Sis Rita Ndonib

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A MAY DAY MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC TEACHERS (ACT) – GH DATED 1ST MAY, 2020


The National Executive Committee and the entire membership of the Association of Catholic Teachers congratulate all workers on this special day of labour.
It is rather unfortunate that we have to celebrate this year’s day of labour in such trying times of a global pandemic known as COVID-19.

Labour Day is annually celebrated worldwide on the 1st of May to honour the hard work of labour and appreciate the tremendous efforts of the various professions in the world of which teaching is critical and plays an integral part of as the producer of all other professions. The fact still remains that no nation can flourish or even sustain herself without productive effort of labour. In this regard, companies and institutions should ensure that beyond the maximum output expected within the eight hours of labour, employees should not discriminated on the basis of race, creed, gender, disability etc and should be paid competitive wages or salaries.
The Ghanaian economy and industrial progress cannot be achieved without labour as this is required to run factories, construct roads and other infrastructure as well as the drilling of oil and many more. In the midst of these, we entreat on all labour to continue to be resilient and firm in their strides for the better livelihood of mankind.
We cease the opportunity to say we are most grateful to you our brothers and sisters in the essential services, as you battle with this pandemic day in and day out, especially those directly involved in the treatment, care and management of COVID – 19 patients. As teachers, we are grateful for the interventions so far by various stakeholders in positively engaging our learners using various media in the meantime until we formally resume school. We encourage you to do more to support our students to learn as they continue to stay home.

To our parents, we are grateful. We also urge you to step up your game to encourage and monitor your wards to study assiduously as they stay home. You have all made sacrifices and exceeded the call of duty.

We will appeal to all stakeholders, both private and government, including everyone that we should join hands in eradicating evil from our society and support people with low strata in the community to enable them live a meaningful life. We further echo the call on government to take a critical look at the pre-tertiary education bill once more before assent is given. The bill in its current form we believe will disrupt the synergy between teachers and the Ghana Education Service, which will negatively impact the educational sector. More so, the function of regional managers of mission and special Unit Schools should clearly be stated in the bill. Again, under the technical and vocational educational section, school governing board should be created as it has been done for secondary schools. We request for broader consultations and deliberations with teacher unions, mission and other stakeholders, so that when the bill is passed it would be accepted by all the key players in education.

We commend the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference for your endless efforts to improve the standard of education in the country as we also throw our weights behind you.
We say, AYEKOO to all labour especially teachers for we believe that we live to teach for the sake of Christ.

We thank the most High God for his protection and guidance. We pray that an appropriate vaccine is found for this virus ravaging our world. We urge all and sundry to stay safe and observe all the protocols aimed at fighting the pandemic.

Long Live ACT!!!
Long Live the Catholic Church!!!
Long Live Ghana!!!

Thank you.

*Signed:*
EMMANUEL DOGODZI
(National President)
+233206362557

EMMANUEL GAZARI
(National Secretary)
+233247524707

Covid-19: Gov’t to introduce 1-year National Service for SHS leavers – Education Minister

The Minister for Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh in an interview with Paul Adom Otchere on Good Evening Ghana Tuesday has said, government is considering the introduction of a special National Service for one year for Ghana’s Senior High School leavers if Covid-19 persists and schools remain shut for an “extended period”.
He explained that during the O-A Level periods, anytime there was an “Aluta” that disrupted the academic calendar, the government introduced National Service to cater for the disruption.
According to Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the government is keenly looking at that option should it become necessary. The Ministry is so far relying on E-Learning platforms to keep the schools running.
The West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) has also been suspended across Anglophone West Africa due to the threat of COVID-19. Students have been required to vacate schools, uncertain when they will return to earn their leaving credentials.
The cancellation of the exams and the broader health and societal effects of COVID-19 are unwelcome and worrying. But the cancellation does provide an opportunity to take a closer look at the exams and make sure that when students do return they will face a fair test.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, announced the suspension of all educational activities in the country until further notice after the country recorded confirmed coronavirus cases.
Culled.