The Ghana Schooling Service (GES) has initiated plans for a nationwide rollout of Skilled Studying Group (PLC) periods throughout all Senior Excessive Colleges (SHSs) and Senior Excessive Technical Colleges (SHTSs) in Ghana.
That is geared toward strengthening lecturers’ understanding and adherence to the Nationwide Lecturers’ Requirements (NTS) and put together them for the introduction of the brand new secondary schooling curriculum which might be rolled-out within the 2024/25 tutorial 12 months.
Weekly PLC periods have been piloted by GES since 2022 in 12 SHS and SHTS utilizing structured Handbooks developed in partnership with the Nationwide Instructing Council (NTC). In a current analysis, it was discovered that these weekly periods have had a big affect on enhancing educating and studying in these 12 faculties, offering a robust proof base for the nationwide scale-up of this strategy.
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To make sure the graceful institutionalisation and rollout of the PLC periods throughout all 726 faculties, GES organised a five-day coaching session for a 100-member Nationwide Coaching Workforce comprising representatives from GES, T-TEL, Senior Excessive Colleges, and Schools of Schooling.
The coaching, which occurred in Could 2023, targeted on equipping the Nationwide Coaching Workforce with the required expertise and assets to help lecturers and officers throughout regional and district schooling directorates to successfully implement PLCs in SHSs and SHTSs.
The periods demonstrated how lecturers could be supported and geared up with interactive and progressive approaches to make educating and studying extra participating for college kids.
With a robust give attention to leveraging know-how and selling Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), the coaching additionally highlighted the significance of socio-emotional studying within the classroom. All approaches used within the coaching have been drawn from the Nationwide Trainer’s Requirements (NTS), which units out the values and attitudes, information and practices anticipated of all skilled lecturers in Ghana.
Throughout the coaching for the Nationwide Workforce, Ms. Faustina Graham, from the Colleges and Directions Unit at GES, emphasised the significance of the coaching, stating, “We imagine that the nationwide rollout of PLC will improve the standard of schooling in Ghana. We’re dedicated to making sure that each one lecturers have entry to the assets and help they should present high-quality schooling in our faculties.”
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Ms. Beryl Opong-Agyei, the Nationwide Secondary Schooling Coordinator at Reworking Instructing, Schooling and Studying (T-TEL), who’s supporting GES with the nationwide roll-out, expressed her appreciation to all contributors for his or her curiosity within the roll-out of PLCs in senior excessive faculties. She additional highlighted the significance of PLCs in enhancing the skilled competence of lecturers. “You’re the folks to coach and help the lecturers to undertake finest practices to enhance the standard of their educating,” she stated.
The coaching was led by GES with help from Professor Jonathan Fletcher, Key Advisor for Instructing and Studying Partnerships at T-TEL.