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Draft Professional Standards for Teachers

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Assessment of the Standards

Teaching standards will be assessed through annual teacher appraisal, teacher portfolio to be presented to the principal or any other individual or body the Ministry of Education deem necessary to be provided with this information.

Definition of Terms

Classroom refers to all official approved settings within which teaching and learning take place.

Learners refer to all children and young people in a learning environment including those with special education needs.

Stakeholders refer to anyone having a vested interest in education, that is, teachers, parents, public and private sector employers and employees, community members, trade unions and professional associations.

Subjects refer to structured areas of learning identified in an approved syllabus or curriculum.

Teacher refers to trained individuals who imparts knowledge to another who is not his child with the intention that the leaner will attain educational levels related to the education system.

TVET is an acronym for Technical Vocational Education and Training.

Well-being refers to the rights of children.

Teacher Portfolio refers to a compendium of evidence of teacher performance

Interpretation of the guiding principles in a set of standards

Quality outcomes of education can only be realized in a context of effective teaching and learning. To this end, the principles have been expanded into standards and further into sets of performance actions to guide the teacher towards achieving excellence in teaching and learning.

Teachers know the subjects that they teach

  • Know the content of the subject they are teaching, its constructs and how it can be organized to bring about learning for children at various stages
  • Understand the curriculum that embodies the subject(s) and see its relationship to the attainment of national goals
  • Know how to integrate teaching subjects to reinforce knowledge, being able to identify related concepts in other subjects and use such concepts to strengthen the teaching subject
  • Have clearly stated goals for each class and how to measure their achievements
  • Access and keep abreast of knowledge and developments in the subject area, using technology and other sources of information

Teachers know how to teach the subjects for which they are responsible

  • Develop in the learners critical thinking and ways to identify and solve their own problems
  • Know and able to apply theories of learning and incorporate such understanding in the practice of teaching
  • Engages in reflective teaching and action research to evaluate the impact of his or her instructional choices, actions and interactions on the achievements of the learners
  • Enable learning through motivation creative thinking and innovative approaches to deliver subject matter
  • Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques as well as a variety of instructional media and technology to ensure that learners receive the intended message
  • Foster competence, self-confidence and a desire for knowledge through a collaborative, supportive and an interactive teaching and learning environment
  • Interpret and integrate national goals into class organization and management to inculcate values and attitudes for social, cultural and economic development

Teachers manage the learning process recognizing diversity among learners and fostering inclusiveness, care and commitment in teaching and learning experiences

  • Hold high expectations for all students and perform their role as facilitators of learning
  • Identify learning differences and the barriers that impede learning and demonstrate competency in adapting instructions to meet the diverse learning needs of students with exceptionalities
  • Stay on track with individual student progress assessing the various learning outcomes of the subject areas and utilizing such outcomes to diagnose and address learning needs in a holistic manner
  • Know the background knowledge that learners from various groups bring to their education and adjust their methods to take advantage of early positive learning experiences of all learners
  • Set the foundation for lifelong learning in building student capabilities for problem-solving, self-assessment, research and self-learning
  • Participate in extra-curricular activities to assist various dimensions of the development of learners
  • Within the constraints of school class structure, create opportunities for group learning and individual attention to meet the variable needs of learners
  • Encourage social interaction and character development through a variety of group structures
  • Know, understand and execute responsibilities concerning child welfare, respect for all learners and abide by all enacted laws, regulations and the Safety and Security guidelines of the Ministry of Education.

Teachers sharpen their professional skills

  • Rigorously assess ones’ performance in the teaching and learning process, collaborate with peers to critically examine ones performance and create a framework for improvement
  • Seek out and pursue opportunities for improving mastery of content and methodology
  • Maintain higher order functioning through strengthening abilities to reason, reflect, make fair judgment, evaluate, analyze and interpret
  • Learn from experiences in the profession and, in a professional manner, question traditional/official approaches that may be ineffective for the learner

Teachers interact with parents and communities

  • Communicate with parents/caregiver to stimulate their interest in their children’ progress and reinforce learning always giving priority interest to the learner
  • Engage parents and community in promoting values and attitudes that are consistent with national educational goals
  • Engage community members to build trust, to foster open communication and to work collaboratively with parents to benefit students achievement levels
  • Put professional responsibility in the forefront in face of challenges involving the community

Conduct of teachers to uplift the profession

  • Act with the knowledge that teaching is a public activity and teachers are constantly being scrutinized and assessed by members of the public
  • Commit to the success of learners as individuals and of the institution as a whole
  • Teachers have a moral responsibility to themselves and those whom they serve
  • Teachers are members of professional bodies that enable sharing of experiences and opportunities for advancement in professional competences
  • Teachers act as positive role models
  • Adhere to professional code of ethics and standards

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