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You Cannot Teach By 2024 If You Don’t Have Professional Certificate- NTC Warns

The National Teaching Council (NTC) has given all in-service non-certified instructors until 2024 to become qualified teachers, or the law will force them to leave the classroom.

“By 2024, if you are not a trained teacher, you will not be able to practice,” said Francis Kwasi Addai, interim Director, Licensing and Registration of Teachers at the NTC.

Non-qualified in-service teachers, according to the NTC, are people who are already working as instructors in both the public and private sectors but do not hold teacher education certifications.

The Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020, Act 1023 prohibits anyone from teaching in a classroom without a license.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, Mr Addai advised all in-service non-qualified teachers in both public and private schools to register on the NTC portal so that when the council started the training, they could participate and obtain temporary certificates to practice as teachers.

The sensitization initiative, which began in Greater Accra and will conclude on July 21, 2022, will be mirrored in the other regions.

“We aim to train all teachers.” “You cannot practice if you have not been trained, just like any other professional,” he remarked.

Mr Addai stated that following the sensitization, a five-week weekend training session for non-qualified in-service teachers would be organized, after which they would be tested and awarded with temporary credentials to practice for one year.

Those temporary certificates, he continued, were renewed yearly for another two years.

He stated that the teachers were expected to enroll in teacher education programs while holding temporary certificates in order to be taught to become fully competent teachers to practice.

“As a result, all non-qualified in-service teachers in both private and public schools are required to attend this sensitization program in order to hear what we have.” They should also register on our site so that we can obtain their data into our system and attend training when it begins,” he said.

Lawrence Sarpong, Deputy Registrar at the NTC, explained that the NTC, as the agency tasked with licensing all teachers in the country, began the process of licensing instructors in 2018.

“In Africa, we have the Africa Federation for Teaching Regulatory Authorities, and at a conference held in Ghana recently, the focus was to license every teacher in Africa, so that when a teacher moves from one country to another, his licence will be valid to enable him to teach there,” he stated He advised non-qualified in-service teachers to take advantage of the opportunity being given them to get the temporary certificates, so that they could practise without harassment or being in breach of the law.

“In Africa, we have the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities, and at a recent meeting in Ghana, the focus was on licensing every teacher in Africa, so that when a teacher transfers from one nation to another, his licence will be valid to enable him to teach there,” he explained.

He recommended non-qualified in-service teachers to take advantage of the opportunity to obtain interim credentials so that they may practice without fear of harassment or breaking the law.

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