The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is setting up a school to train all teachers on classroom management, effective teaching approaches and professionalism.
A concept report seen by the Saturday Standard shows the TSC has established that most teachers are inadequately trained while some do not adhere to prescribed professional standards, which adversely affect performance.
The teachers’ employer says the recent trends in Primary Teacher Education (PTE) revealed teachers’ weaknesses in ineffective teaching strategies, preparation of professional records, poor classroom management, incompetency in handling learners with special needs and weak assessment and feedback skills.
Citing findings of 2017 PTE examinations report, the TSC says some school heads are not able to analyse books of accounts, communicate effectively with teachers and parents, build a spirit of shared goals for school improvement and also have poor resource utilisation abilities.
In addition to these, TSC says content knowledge among a majority of teachers does not attain the set benchmark in English, Mathematics and Science due to poor content mastery.
It is against this backdrop that TSC is seeking to establish a new learning centre – the Institute of Teacher Support and Professional Development – to provide teachers with peer collaboration and support throughout their teaching career.
“The over-arching goal of the Institute will be to enhance the quality of education by providing teachers, assisted by the education partners, with a formal structure for professional support and professional development,” reads the document.
The institute will operate within the TSC governance structure where it will exist as a directorate and will target all registered teachers and heads of institutions in the country.
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