Teachers at the various levels of education have been tasked to learn how to upgrade themselves to enable them train the up and coming youth to catch up with the new system of education.
Mr. William Boakye Baafi, Executive Director of BB Edu Consult and Suppliers, made the call at a two-day sensitisation workshop for teachers in both private and public schools in the Oforikrom Municipality in the Ashanti region.
The workshop was to update the teachers on the framework of Professional Development Teachers of Ghana and the importance of the Teacher’s Licensure Examination and its renewal through the National Teachers Council (NTC).
The participating teachers were taken through Teacher Standard Organisation under which they were briefed on professional values, knowledge and practices, as to their relationship with the community they are working in and authorities under whom they are working to help them to demonstrate that they are professionals and to be accepted as such.
Mr. Boakye Baafi disclosed that the teacher needs to be trained to enable them understand the system by Service providers of the Ministry of Education at the regional level, which providers include Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Concerned Teachers Association and Colleges of Education, as well as CSOs like the BB Edu Consult and Suppliers.
Mr. Boakye Baafi indicated that, the workshop would help them build up the points of every participating teacher to be awarded with accumulated eight points out of the 60 points for which one needed to accumulate from every workshops and orientation programmes he/she has to undertake to enable them accumulate before the renewal of the license within three years.Which he stressed would not affect their monthly salaries because it is being funded through the teacher annual professional development allowances.
According to him, teaching as a profession, is taking a different dimension which is Information Communication Technology (ICT) and for that matter, whatever they are teaching today is based on Information Communications Technology, hence the need to teachers to be smart and learn to update themselves.