A Joint Coordinating Committee meeting was held in Accra yesterday to review the Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management (PTPDM) policy, designed to address the need for an in-service education and training for teachers.
The third meeting, which came after the piloting of the programme in five districts, was to share information between the joint evaluation team and to take necessary steps towards stakeholder consultation for official approval from the Ministry of Education for implementation.
The PTPDM policy was introduced by the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service (GES) in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to produce well balanced teachers with the requisite skills and values to become functional and productive to facilitate effective teaching and learning.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Evelyn Owusu Oduro, Director of Teacher Education Division of GES, stressed the need for a continuous update of the knowledge and skills of teachers to ensure effective teaching.
According to her, the policy was to address the need for an in-service education and training framework to guide the implementation process of a continuous professional development of teachers.
“The main focus of the PTPDM policy is to have a new image of the teacher who is innovative and can provide transferable skills to the pupils,” she said, adding that this would require teachers gaining the needed competencies and skills continuously throughout their career.
Mr. Alex Kyeremeh, Deputy Minister of Education in charge of pre-tertiary education, said it was vital teaching standards were set and revised to meet the needs of learners and to provide teachers with the best framework for the profession.
He said teaching standards with associated competencies and training would ensure quality teachers, who remain crucial to improving learning for pupils at the basic and secondary levels, adding that since the policy was formulated for teachers, teachers across the country would be further consulted to ensure a successful implementation.
Ms. Yuko Ishizawa, Senior Representative of JICA, Ghana, noted that it was crucial the committee work towards a plan to sustain the gains made in the project after its termination, and called for a concerted effort to overcome the challenges identified in the implementation of the policy.
By Claude Nyarko Adams