NTC reports teachers to GES Director-General on point-based CPD

Registrar of NTC Christian Addai-Poku (PhD) and GES Director-General Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa
Registrar of NTC Christian Addai-Poku (PhD) and GES Director-General Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa

Registrar of National Teaching Council (NTC) has officially lodged complaints about the lackadaisical attitude of teachers to GES Director-General on point-based Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Management of the National Teaching Council (NTC) is worried over the attitude of GES staff on the teacher point-based CPD.

In a letter signed by the Registrar of NTC Christian Addai-Poku (PhD) to the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa said, it’s important to enforce the law against teachers who are reluctant with the point-based Continuous Professional Development.

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According to the National Teaching Council, they have noted with concern the snail pace at which staff of GES are complying with the point-based teacher Continuous Professional Development (CPD) since the commencement of teacher registration and licensing in October 2020. The data available to the Council points to a disturbing low points build-up for majority of teachers.

“As you are aware, the Council per its guidelines, has opted to use CPD points as one of the conditions for renewal of in-service teachers license and registration.” NTC Reiterated.

NTC again said, based on a person’s rank, one must obtained a minimum number of points to quality for renewal of licence and registration. The CPD points are gained by assessing NTC approved CPDs, either provided by the employer or accredited CPD providers.

The letter copied to the Minister of Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Board Chair of NTC and Teacher Unions in Education said data available to the Council indicates that over one hundred thousand (100,000) of GES staff have not accrued a single CPD since their registration numbers were issued from October 2020 to date.

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NTC noted that, presently, only four thousand, out of over three hundred thousand teachers are potentially able to meet the minimum CPD points by the end of next year.

Per the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020, Act 1023, 67(1) “A person shall not practice as a teacher unless the person is registered as a teacher in accordance with this Act. It is also urgent to draw your attention to Section 79 of the same Act which says “A person shall not knowingly or negligently employ a person as a teacher in an institution unless the teacher is registered under this Act.” Also, note that teachers are expected to renew their registration within fifteen days before the specified expiry date.” NTC explained.

“The trend of your employees’ compliance to the prescription of the law is worrisome and your immediate intervention to forestall us coming to the brink of legal dilemma. It is important that NTC enforces the law but is equally important that our schools have professionally qualified teachers. This pre-emptive communication is to enable us strategize ahead of time and ensure that no teacher is unduly affected.” NTC told GES Director-General.

The Council therefore calls on GES as the employer of a large number of teachers to strategize how they can support GES staff to work consciously towards compliance.

READ BELOW THE NTC’S LETTER TO GES DIRECTOR-GENERAL

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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