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03/03/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/03/2021 04:55

Ghana and Kenya share their experience with Uganda on the establishment of a National Teacher Council

Experts and officials from Ghana and Kenya shared their experiences in establishing and operating their national teacher councils on the Virtual Workshop: Benchmarking on the Establishment and Functionality of a National Teacher Council for Uganda. The webinar was held on 17 December 2020 and organized by UNESCO office in Kampala, IICBA, and the Uganda´s Ministry of Education, with the support of the Norwegian Teacher Initiative. The purpose of this event was to facilitate consultation with countries with prior experience in national teacher councils and to guide the Ugandan task force created to establish the Uganda National Teacher Council.

Aided by presentations and discussions, the experts and officials talked about the process of establishing a teacher council; understanding the mandate, composition, and functions of the teacher council; the successes and challenges in the functionality of teacher councils elsewhere; and the best practices on how to establish an effective teacher council.

The virtual workshop started with remarks from Dr. Yumiko Yokozeki, Director of UNESCO IICBA who highlighted the importance of dialogue between teachers and the Ministry of Education and recognized the job done in Kenya and Ghana in the subject. In response to Dr. Yokozeki remarks, Mr Jonathan Kamwana, a Commissioner for Teacher Education of Uganda, spoke of the importance of this meeting, and expressed his hope that the invited teacher representatives from Uganda participate and work together to help make the National Teacher Council a reality.

Delegates from Kenya and Ghana talked about their countries´ experiences related to the construction of National Teacher Councils. On one hand, Ms Mary Rotich, Director of Field Services under the TSC Kenya, shared Kennya´s experience in operating its Teachers Service Commission (TSC). Ms Rotich explained the role, structure, and functions of the Commission. On the other hand, Mr Laurence Sarpong, Director of Professional Development at the National Teaching Council of Ghana, described the role of this national teacher governing body.

After the officials from Kenya and Ghana shared their countries´ experiences, Professor Steve Nwokeocha, Executive Director of Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA), gave his expert impression regarding Kenya´s and Ghana´s experiences and how Uganda could move forward with its own initiative.

The attendants to the Virtual workshop were able to participate and clarify their doubts in a Q&A round held by the speakers. The main topics addressed were related to the handling of teachers´ data, the training of teachers within the councils, and teacher deployment.

The Ugandan officials are now planning internal follow-ups and legislation for 2021.