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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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 Elects National Executives for the First Time

 

Story by: Emmanuel Gazari (National Secretary)

Torve ( V/R), Oct 9, ACTNEWS- The Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT) over the last weekend gathered at a Delegates Meeting in TorveAkatsi in the Volta Region to reflect on the theme: “Transformational Leadership of Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT) at the service of the Ghana Catholic Education Policy.”

As part of activities marking the Delegates Meeting was the election of the first National Executives to steer the affairs of the Association for the next three years.

The Association which has been in existence since 2001 but was formally inaugurated in 2008 by Most Rev. Thomas K. Mensah Metropolitan Arch-Bishop of Kumasi had no elected executives at the National level. It was administered by the National Coordinating Team (executives drawn from the various Dioceses across the country where the Association exists).

In September 2018, ACT held its inaugural National Conference in Kumasi – Adom Fie where the National Constitution was promulgated giving room for members of the Association to apply the constitution in their activities.

This year’s meeting was attended by delegates from twelve (12) dioceses. Four delegates from each diocese had a voting right, that is, the president, Secretary, financial secretary and coordinator.

The Association at the end of the meeting issued a press release on some contemporary issues such as the Free SHS, The New Curriculum, The Pre-tertiary Education Bill, and The Complementary Sexuality Education and so on.

The key note address was delivered by Nana C.D.B Mensah (Coordinator of the Biblical Apostolate) on behalf of the Episcopal Chairman for Education His Grace Arch Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie, Bishop of Greater Accra Arch Diocese. The Volta Regional Manager of Catholic Schools Mr. Gustav K. Asem chaired the function on behalf of the General Manager Mrs. Doris Ashun who had to attend to some very important issues.

In attendance also was a representative of GNAT Madam Patience Duho, the National Chairperson of the Association of Catholic Teacher Trainees (ACTT), Miss Patricia Esi Acquah; The Diocesan Laity Director for Keta – Akatsi Diocese, Sir, Adzamli; Rev. Fr. Reuben Adzakey Secretary to the Bishop Most Rev. Fr. Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, Rev. Fr. Senu the Director of the Pastoral Center. Other dignitaries were Mr. Samuel Twumasi Ankrah, member of the Adhoc Election Management Board (AEMB) Mr Mr. Abuku Stephen Akatsi Deanery Laity Chairman and member of the AEMB and Rev. Fr. Gideon Fianya Chaplain of St. Catherine SHS; Member AEMB

The First National Executives who were elected are:

Mr. Emmanuel H. DogodziPresident Accra Archdiocese

Mr. Francis Awan NdaagoVice President Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese

Mr. Emmanuel GazariSecretary Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese

Miss. Rita NdonibiAssistant Secretary Kumasi Archdiocese

Mr. Solomon Armah BoadiTreasurer Secondi-Takoradi Diocese

Mr. Charles YoungsFinancial Secretary Ho Diocese

Mr. Williams Boakye BaafiCoordinator Konongo-Mampong Diocese

Mr. Matthew Asakiwine Co-opted Sunyani Diocese

Miss. Cynthia Dadzie Co-opted Cape Coast Archdiocese

The executives were installed by Rev. Fr. Peter Senu who celebrated mass for the delegates. They have a three year mandate which is renewable for a second term.

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