The Ghana Education Service (GES) has initiated plans for a national roll out of Professional Learning Community (PLC) sessions across all Senior High Schools (SHSs) and Senior High Technical Schools (SHTSs) in Ghana.
The Service (GES) said the plans are aimed at strengthening teachers’ understanding and adherence to the National Teachers’ Standards (NTS) and preparing them for the introduction of the new secondary education curriculum which will be rolled-out in the 2024/25 academic year.
GES piloted the use of PLC weekly sessions in 12 SHS and SHTS in January 2022, using structured handbooks developed in partnership with the National Teaching Council (NTC). A recent evaluation found that these weekly sessions had a significant impact on improving teaching and learning in these 12 schools, providing a strong evidence-base for the national scale-up of this approach.
To ensure the smooth institutionalisation of the PLC sessions across all schools, GES organized a five-day training session for a 100-member National Training Team comprising representatives from GES, T-TEL, Senior High Schools, and Colleges of Education.
The Service (GES) disclosed that “The training which took place in Koforidua from Monday 8th May to Friday 12th May 2023, focused on equipping the National Training Team with the necessary skills and resources to support teachers and officers across various regional and district education directorates to effectively implement PLCs in SHSs and SHTSs.”
Further in their update, it was stated that the sessions demonstrated how teachers can be supported and equipped with interactive and innovative approaches to make teaching and learning more engaging for students. With a strong focus on leveraging technology and promoting Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), the training also highlighted the importance of socio-emotional learning in the classroom.
“All approaches used in the training were drawn from the National Teacher’s Standards (NTS), which sets out the values and attitudes, knowledge, and practices expected of all professional teachers in Ghana,” GES added.