Teachers are to undergo a one-year induction course after completing their training at the colleges of education.
The course is a component of a new teacher development policy designed by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to streamline the teaching profession in the country, while enhancing quality of education.
The Director of Teacher Education Division, Dr. Evelyn Owusu Oduro, disclosed this in Accra yesterday at the opening of a three-day stakeholders’ workshop to review the policy.
She said teachers would be granted special license to operate as professional tutors after the induction course.
Under the theme, ‘Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management Policy (PTTPDMP), the policy was drafted in 2011 and launched by the Ministry of Education in 2013, to be piloted in five districts.
The districts include Upper Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region, Shai Osudoku in the Greater Accra Region, and Ajumaku-Enyan-Abrem, in the Central Region, as well as Savelugu-Nanton and Kassena-Nankana Districts in the Northern Region.
The pilot process began last two years and is expected to be extended to 75 districts this year, and later replicated in all the 126 districts across the country by 2018.
According to Dr Oduro, the policy was inextricably linked to teacher licensing and registration which would serve as the basis for teachers to receive regular and continuous in-service training while at post.
That, she said, would afford them the opportunity to upgrade themselves for promotions without necessarily seeking study leave for specialised courses outside the teaching profession.
She further noted that the policy would ensure access to quality teacher preparation programmes that will promote quality teaching and enhanced learning outputs.
“The framework is also intended to provide the principles and standards for effective preparation of all pre-tertiary teachers in response to the changing needs of education in the country,” she said.
Professor Paul Buatsi, a senior education consultant, working on the policy, said the PTTPDMP would support, develop and nurture teachers in the basic and second cycle schools to enable them function effectively as reflective and proficient practitioners capable of providing quality education for all Ghanaian children.
He noted that commitment, attitudes, ethics and morals that should promote quality education for all pupils would be reflected through the policy in order to foster the development of a world-class teacher capable of contributing significantly to teaching and learning.
“We also envisage developing teachers’ ability to adopt reflective teaching approaches to enhance the quality of lesson delivery in kindergarten, primary, junior high, senior high schools and technical and vocational institutions,” he said.
According to him, principles for teacher management would be specified to motivate excellence in teacher performance and commitment to lifelong learning.
The PTTPDMP, he said, would again provide areas for setting regulatory standards to govern the work of teachers saying “the framework would foster the notion of teaching as a life-long career which is linked to an evidence-based system of career advancement and promotion”.
By Charles Amankwa & Alimatu Quaye