e time to spend the Professional Allowance has started. The National Teaching Council is going to organize workshops for teachers in the Central region. The workshop is in line with the constitutional mandate of the Council, that is, to ensure that teachers are properly licensed and have the competence to deliver in the classroom.
The workshop is not new to many teachers in the Ashanti region because earlier last month, the NTC organized a similar programme for teachers in some Districts. However, there were concerns raised by participants regarding the fee charged.
According to the information being put across by the District Training Officer (DTO) of the Twifo Atti-Morkwa Education Directorate in the Central region, it states that teachers in the district are hereby informed of an upcoming workshop to be organized by the NTC. The topic of the training is Sensitization on NTC Activities. The subtopics to be treated include, CPD Framework and Point Building System, Teacher Licensing, Standards of Compliance and Ghana Teacher Prize (GTP) and Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020, ACT 1023.
The cost of the programme is GH¢ 65, and it is non-residential. It is unknown whether the cost includes snacks or water for the programme. Meanwhile, both private and public school teachers are invited to partake of the training. Interested staff are to write their names with their head teachers and submitted to the Education office latest by Monday, November 15, 2021. Meanwhile, the venue is yet to be decided on.
It is worthy to note that the training is not compulsory for any teacher, however, you will need to obtain some CPD points from series of workshops attended to renew your license after three years. The number of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points to obtain from the workshop is yet to be known.
About Professional Development Allowance (PDA)
PDA was introduced by the Akufo-Addo led administration last year and the first-ever payment was made in November 2020. The PDA is intended for two categories of teachers — Professional and Non-Professional. The intended motive behind the allowance is to pay for professional development workshops of teachers aimed at building teacher competences in the classroom.