[www.inewsguyana.com] – Consultations on the draft Professional Standards for Teachers continues to gain momentum in Guyana and has garnered substantial participation from the public, according to the Ministry of Education.
The Ministry in a release said it is pleased that the public has recognized the imperatives of establishing professional standards which teachers will be expected to follow towards Guyana achieving the desired educational outcomes.
“This acknowledgment is evidenced by the active participation of the public in every consultation and the number of engagements online over the past weeks” the statement added.
To date the Ministry has conducted twenty-eight public consultations in Regions One, Two, Three, Four, Six and Seven.
The consultations commenced on Feb 26, 2014 at the Kamarang Primary School and is expected to conclude in July 2014. It is expected that a total of seventy-one (71) consultations across Guyana will be held.
Through the establishment of professional teacher standards, the Ministry strongly believes the teaching profession will be significantly strengthened, further recognized and aptly placed among the other leading professions in Guyana.
Copies of the draft Professional Standards for Teachers were made available to teachers in the printed form for their perusal and comments. The ministry has also placed the document on its website, www.education.gov.gy to allow additional comments to be made and to facilitate those who would like to contribute but are unable to physically be present at consultations.
Once implemented, the standards will serve as a tool to monitor and evaluate teachers’ performance in the classroom, knowledge of the subject (s) they teach, techniques used and level of committed to the learners in their care and effectively manage diversity to promote inclusiveness in the learning process. The standards will also help teachers sharpen their professional skills and help them interact with parents and the community.