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National service teacher training programme starts September


The National Service Scheme (NSS) and the National Teaching Council (NTC) will, from September this year, roll out a programme that will allow national service persons posted to the classrooms without teaching certificates but who are willing to teach after their service to obtain professional teaching certificates.


After completing the one-year online professional teacher training program, the service members will receive postgraduate credentials in education and register for the teacher licensing exam to become professional teachers, at which point the Ghana Education Service will consider hiring them (GES). 

 

This came after the two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the goal of enhancing instruction and learning in the classrooms.

Additionally, the MoU complies with the requirements of the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020 (Act 1023), which requires the NTC to guarantee that only instructors who have undergone professional training and who possess the necessary credentials are employed to teach in schools. 

 

In a follow-up to an announcement he made during the 12th Annual Terminal Congress of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) in Takoradi last Saturday to that effect, the NSS's Executive Director, Osei Assibey Antwi, made this disclosure in an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday. 

 

He had stated at the congress that prospective service members who would be assigned to the classroom in the service year 2022–2023 would undergo 14 days of pedagogical training and receive temporary teaching certifications.

The congress's subject was "Improving National Service Personnel Welfare for Economic Revitalization and National Development." 

 

The vice chancellors of public universities, the NTC, the GES, the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), the Ghana Technical and Vocational Education Training Service, and other key stakeholders are working together to implement the training program, according to Mr. Antwi. 

NTC communication

 

The NTC stated in a message to the NSS in February of this year—a memo obtained by the Daily Graphic—that it had used the NSS over the years to increase its workforce since the country has long-standing problems with a lack of trained teachers in the classrooms. 

Signed by the Registrar of the NTC, Dr Christian Addai-Poku, the memo, however, stated that a huge number of the service persons who were deployed to the classrooms every year did not have any knowledge at all about teaching techniques and skills set.

Accordingly, it stated that the anomaly had to be fixed immediately in accordance with Act 1023's rules, which make it illegal to teach without the proper NTC authorization. 

 

"The National Teacher Council Law enables the NTC to establish requirements for issuing temporary certificates to individuals who, although not having received teacher training, are interested in teaching. Therefore, it is conceivable to apply this component of the law to service members, according to the document. 

 

"Over the past four years, the NTC, along with other members of the African Union, have started a teacher professionalism initiative to make sure that only qualified, licensed teachers are placed into classrooms to instruct. 

 

“Indeed, to attain the Sustainable Development Goals 4c (SDGs 4c), the SDG enjoins governments to ensure that only professionally trained and qualified teachers are deployed to schools.

The Pre-tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management (PTPDM) policy, which is being implemented, further supports this in Ghana's Education Strategic Plan 2018-2030 (ESP 2018-2030). Getting the teacher factor in the classroom right means overcoming approximately half of the obstacles generating subpar academic results, according to a wealth of evidence, it continued. 

 

Interventions 

 

Mr. Antwi mentioned in his speech at the NASPA congress that his organization had started a number of interventions, such as NSS in Affordable Classroom Housing, NSS Youth and Women in Agriculture, and NSS in Affordable Teachers Housing, with the goal of advancing Ghana's development agenda and generating employment opportunities for young graduates.

These and others are geared towards improving the employment rate of national service personnel after their one-year mandatory service to the state,” the NSS boss said, and urged NASPA and all service personnel to embrace the opportunities to transition into jobs after the training and certification.

Throwing more light on the scheme’s new mission of ‘Deployment for Employment’, Mr Antwi said it was crucial to enhance the welfare of national service personnel for economic revitalisation and national development.

The Omanhene of the Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, who chaired the event, urged national service personnel to wholeheartedly embrace the many innovative opportunities and interventions the scheme had made available to help them transition into the working world with hope.

Since the knowledge they had learned in school did not ensure them employment, he urged the staff to be humble, patriotic, and willing to undergo training. 

 

The Omanhene warned the youth against making themselves available to be manipulated by politicians who might have narrow-minded agendas. 

 

Nana Nketsia praised Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua, the Kumawuhene, for granting the NSS a sizable amount of land for their agricultural project. 

 

He appealed on the staff to support and engage in agriculture as a viable alternative livelihood endeavor and galvanized support for the scheme's agricultural initiative. 

 

Later, the NASPA leadership recognized Nana Kobina Nketsia V and a few scheme managers for their commitment to NASPA in resolving youth-related concerns.

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