Finally, some good news in after the National Teaching Council of Ghana hinted at a decision to suspend the much-criticized new teacher portfolio assessment exercise scheduled for the Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) in the country after a successful National Service and induction period.
Over the past week, the country and the education sector have been witnessing some agitations from a section of people who are either already in the National Service system or gearing towards their final year in the Colleges of Education.
The reason for these agitations has to do with an announcement by the council, the body responsible for getting teachers ready for recruitment and continuous development that these NQTs would be assessed to determine their readiness for the teaching field.
In a new development, a circulating presser on social media, released by one, Augustine Appiah, and immediate Past President of TTAG, has it that, there has been a successful engagement with Registrar of the NTC, Dr. Christian Addai-Poku about the concerns raised by the NQTs over the new teacher portfolio assessment.
According to Mr. Appiah, the registrar has come to see genuine reasons in their concerns hence the hint on the possible suspension of the exercise which is to start on October, 4 until some major changes are made.
The presser reads:
OUTCOME OF MEETING WITH THE REGISTRAR OF THE NATIONAL TEACHING COUNCIL (NTC)
On this day 28th September 2021, I together with some present and immediate past executives of TTAG met with the Registrar of the National Teaching Council (NTC), Dr. Christian Addai-Poku to discuss issues sunvurrling the Portfolio Assessment of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT’s) who are currently doing their National Service. We presented to him concemns which
have been raised by majority of the NQT’s about this whole new development and the need therefore to suspend the whole process. I wish to communicate the outcome of the meeting as concems the Newly Qualified Teachers.
After presenting our major concers, the Registrar acknowledged the fact that the concerns raised were genuine and, as such, the need to consider a second thought on the Portfolio Assessment and its requirements. He assured us that he would meet the management of NIC to take a decision about our request. We requested that the assessment which was meant to commence on the 4th October, 2021 should be postponed until the outcome of the meeting is
communicated to us. He granted this request and macle it known that until the outcome of his mecting with management is commuricated, no portfolio assessor would come to any school to assess any NQT.
I wish to assure all NOT’s to remain calm as we wait for the outcome of this meeting which would be communicated very soon, hopefully by the end of the week. The necessary actions would be taken after the outcome of the meeting is macle known. We will never rest in ensuring that the voice and the ordeals of the NQT’s are heard and well attended to. Let us all stay united as we make headway to ensuring we are treated in a fair and just manner.
(Immediate Past President, TTAG)