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The National Teachers’ Standards (NTS) which will guide teacher training and practice in the country was launched at the Accra College of Education today to help give school children in the country the best possible education for a brighter future.

The NTS was developed by the National Teaching Council (NTC) with support from UK aid through the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T- TEL) program and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Evelyn Owusu Oduro, Acting Executive Secretary of the National Teaching Council described the role of teachers in training students to realise their potentials in life as very critical.

In this regard, she said teachers must be highly skilled, prepared and motivated to meet the highest possible standards to excel in the classroom.

Dr Every Owusu Oduro said the NTS will help teachers measure themselves against global standards of excellence in Teaching.

She said about 68, 000 copies of the NTS have been printed for distribution to all students and tutors of the 46 public Colleges of Education, newly qualified teachers and Universities which engage in initial teacher training.

In developing the standards, she said apart from the National Teaching Council (NTC), key stakeholders such as the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), National Accreditation Board (NAB ), Ghana Education Service (GES ), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), National Inspectorate Board (NIB), Principals of Colleges of Education, Teacher Unions, Teacher Education Universities and JICA were involved.

The Principal of Accra College of Education Dr Samuel Atintono said the launch/handing over of the copies of the NTS to the Colleges of Education constitutes a major step by government and its development partners in education such as T-TEL to transform Teacher education in the country to meet modern standards.

Dr Atintono also commended government for its efforts to develop policy guidelines as well as provide support aimed at making the teaching profession a true profession.

Prof Jonathan Fletcher Dean of the School of Education and Leadership University of Ghana Legon described the development of the NTS as a milestone in efforts to promote education in the country .
Source: Emmanuel Akorli/ Peace FM Parliamentary Correspondent

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