The National Teaching Council (NTC) has revealed that teachers who will be recruited after 2020/2021 batch will undergo Portfolio And Development Assessment when they are employed into the Ghana Education Service as teachers.Note that In-Service teachers are however excluded from this assessment.
In addition to that, teachers with provisional license will be recommended for recruitment by the NTC before they can be employed by GES into the various public schools in Ghana.
Although the Teacher Portfolio Deve- lopment has been suspended by the Council, it is worthy to note that it affects only the 2020/2021 newly qualified teachers who are currently doing their national service and will complete this year.
This implies that the Portfolio Assessment will begin from subsequent batches who will complete college the following year. According to a press statement by the PR unit of the NTC, the PDA was suspended for the 2020/2021 batch of Newly qualified teacher because the leadership of TTAG pleaded on their members’ behalf. This was in a meeting held with NTC leaders.
The NTC introduced Newly Qualified Portfolio Development and Assessment few days ago. The assessment was intended to assess newly qualified teachers in diverse fields and use the assessment to make value judgments about an individual qualified teacher.
Teacher trainees became unhappy about the new form of assessment introduced by the NTC in addition to the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE). To most of them, the GTLE is enough to assess their teaching competences.
Moreover, many trainees believe the Portfolio Assessment was complicated and a way to delay their recruitment into the Ghana Education Service by the government.
The leaders of TTAG have done well for spearheading their member’s interest during their meeting with the NTC. However, they should see to the lasting suspension of the Portfolio Development and Assessment for subsequent batches who will be completing college.