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Share information for consensus building – Prof. Opoku Agyemang

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A consultative workshop on Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management (PTPDM) policy, has ended in Accra, with a call on the participants to widen consultation and communication among stakeholders for effective consensus building.

Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, made this call when the National Teaching Council (NTC) in partnership with Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service (GES) and JICA, met at a workshop to deliberate on and refine the PTPDM.

 

She reminded the stakeholders of the need to tolerate each other’s view and share information at all times to build consensus and widen consultation before the implementation stage.

Explaining the policy, she said it was an Education Act, passed by Parliament in 2008 that mandated three bodies including the National Teaching Council to review periodically, professional practices and ethical standards for teachers and teaching, as well as register teachers after they have satisfied the appropriate conditions for initial licensing and issue the appropriate license.

She disclosed that PTPDM development policy stands for the development of teacher standards with associated competencies and training needs accompanied by a new career path and ranking system, saying there would be enough benefits to be derived by teachers by progressing steadily on the new and attractive path career.

The policy, among others, aims at producing well balanced individuals with the requisite knowledge, skills, values, aptitudes and attitudes to become functional and productive citizens for the total development and the democratic advancement of the nation.

Given the significant benefits the nation can derive from the successful implementation of a professional teacher development and management policy, the support of all stakeholders, including teacher unions, colleges of education and other higher education institutions involved in teacher education and training is needed if Ghana is to achieve the high standard of education that the country deserves and is destined for.

Participants at the meeting expressed satisfactions and promised to lend their support at all times for the development of education and its stakeholders.


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