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Draft Professional Standards for Teachers

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Teaching Standards

No attempt will be made to standardize teaching methods and approaches that would stifle the creative and innovation responses of teachers to the diverse needs of learners and the learning environment. The Teaching Standards offer the professional community specifications against which teachers are able to set goals for personal development and progress in the profession. The standards are multi-dimensional and give cognizance to the key props for learning to take place, namely: (a) a motivated and willing learner; (b) effective teaching and learning and, (c) an enabling environment. The excellent teacher is one who is able to create, stimulate and integrate the props to get optimum student achievement.

Who gains entry into teacher training?

  1. Minimum entry level - Candidates with no less than five Caribbean Secondary (CSEC) subjects (including Mathematics and English) obtained at level 1 or 2.
  2. Graduates of recognized, accredited universities and programmes
  3. Any other equivalent qualifications approved by MoE/TSC
  4. Mature entry (age, years of experience, performance, etc.)


Who is a trained teacher?

To be categorized and registered as a trained teacher, the individual must have obtained certification, having completed a professional programme, assessed by the Ministry of Education, accredited by The Guyana Accreditation Council, and approved by the Teaching Service Commission. Following this certification, the individual would be required to undergo at least one year of successful induction /mentorship in order to be licensed/certified as a trained teacher.

The guiding principles for the teaching standards

There are six guiding principles for the Standards:

  1. Teachers know the subject(s) that they teach
  2. Teachers know how to teach the subject(s) for which they are responsible
  3. Teachers are committed to children in their care and effectively manage diversity to promote inclusiveness in the learning process
  4. Teachers sharpen their professional skills
  5. Teachers interact with parents and the community
  6. Teachers conduct themselves in a manner that will uplift the profession

The guiding principles and standards are not mutually exclusive. Their inter-relation is manifested in overlaps in interpretation of the Standard statements. Because of the complexity of teaching and learning, added to the various social and economic changes that may impinge on the learning environment, it is recommended that teaching standards be reviewed every five years.

It is important to note that the teaching standards are inclusive and apply to all teachers including the special education teachers.


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