In all Senior High Schools (SHS) and Senior High Technical Schools (SHTS) in Ghana, the Ghana Education Service (GES) is taking steps to implement Professional Learning Community (PLC) sessions.
With the new secondary school curriculum set to be implemented in the 2024–2025 academic year, this program seeks to improve teachers’ knowledge of and adherence to the National Teachers’ Standards (NTS).
A committed National Training Team that includes members from GES, T-TEL, senior high schools, and colleges of education has completed a thorough five-day training course. This training is essential to guarantee the successful institutionalization and widespread application of PLC sessions in 726 schools.
The GES noted that these weekly PLC sessions, which use structured handbooks created in partnership with the National Teaching Council (NTC), have been successfully trialled in 12 SHS and SHTS since 2022.
The training, which was overseen by the GES, benefited greatly from the assistance of Professor Jonathan Fletcher, Key Advisor for Teaching and Learning Partnerships at T-TEL.
Regardless of whatever learning difficulties students may experience, Professor Fletcher stated that the goal of these sessions is to support teachers in fostering engaging learning environments that acknowledge and support learners’ different needs.
All educators are expected to be knowledgeable about the National instructors’ Standards (NTS) through the weekly PLC sessions, which are facilitated by certified instructors in each school.
They will also put special emphasis on integrating crucial ideas from Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) into classroom procedures.
The Executive Director of T-TEL, Mr. Robin Todd, stressed that the efficient conduct of weekly PLC sessions in schools, supported by the committed training teams, is crucial to the success of the adoption of the new secondary education curriculum.
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