Education Ministry To Rollout Teacher Competence Profiles To Training Institutions

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The Ministry of Education and Sports is embarking on a process to distribute teachers’ competence profiles to all teacher training institutions, different departments within the ministry and districts.

The Ministry of Education and Sports is embarking on a process to distribute teachers’ competence profiles to all teacher training institutions, different departments within the ministry and districts.
 
The Teachers Competence Profile is a compilation of the minimum standards expected of a teacher. The profile sets out what the teacher is expected to be in terms of knowledge, skills, values and attitude and profession and ethics.
 
Under the knowledge competence, the profile examines the content knowledge of curriculum, pedagogical, professional and contemporary knowledge. The skills knowledge looks at the practical skills, mental skills in ability to interpret the curriculum, pedagogical skills in how to deliver the educational needs of the pupils among others. The profile also puts emphasise on leadership and management skills to help teachers in decision making and helping out colleagues.
 
Wilber Wanyama, the Principal Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, says the development of teacher competence profile is a timely boost to the effort in ensuring quality of education is improved and maintained. Wanyama says the ministry will ensure that all institutions of higher learning that offer teacher training will have copies of the competence profile and integrate it in their systems.
 
He says this will ensure that by the time the teacher graduates, they are aware of what is expected of them. He also says district service commissions, district education departments and schools will also receive copies of the competence profiles. Wanyama says recruitment of teachers will be based on the contents in the competence profile and that questions set during interviews will be in line with the profile.
 
Godfrey Bakaira, a senior lecturer at Kyambogo University, says the success of education in a country depends on the competence of a teacher. He says with the development of the teacher competence profile, it is expected that better quality education will be offered to the children. He says equipping teachers with skills and knowledge so that they can deliver better materials is key. He says this will also help to address the low quality of teaching in Uganda and other developing countries.
 
Gabriel Obbo Katandi, a curriculum specialist at the National Curriculum Development Centre, says the development of the teacher competence profile has eased the pressure on them to handle the new curriculum. He says the centre had the worry of whether the teachers would be competent enough to handle the ever changing curriculum in the country. He says the centre will support the process to ensure that the profile is put to use.
 
The competence profile was developed by a team of officials from Uganda National Teachers’ Union, Forum for African Women Educators-Uganda, Literacy and Adult Basic Education, National Curriculum Development Centre, Kyambogo University and Ministry of Education.