Is it mandatory for teachers to be registered and licensed?
Yes! TSC Act (2011) states:
Who is qualified to be registered as a teacher?
How to register as a teacher?
Pick up a form from any district office, fill and return
How do I know I am eligibility to be licensed to teacher?
If you are a new teacher you will be eligible to be licensed after a successful completion of your probation period and induction.
If you are a serving teacher you must meet the competency level for the license you desire as outlined in the Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders in Sierra Leone, declaration of physical and mental fitness and no criminal record.
Do I need to pay for my license?
Yes, here are the fees for the different licenses:
New teacher Le 200,000.00
Proficient teacher Le 150,000.00
Highly accomplished teacher Le 100,000.00
Distinguished teacher Le 50,000.00
How often will I renew my license?
Licenses will be renewed triennially
What are the competency levels and how do I attain them?
* Leadership in professional knowledge
* Leadership in professional practice
* Leadership in professional engagement
* Leadership in professional organizational management and transformation as well as additional academic and professional certificates.
How will the teachers move from one level to the other in their career path?
Similar to other professions like engineering, medicine and nursing, teachers will be required to undergo competency-based assessments in line with the professional standards for teachers and after successfully fulfilling the criteria, attain the desired professional level.
What is the relationship between the competency levels and the designations of teachers?
The existing public service designations for teachers (assistant teacher, senior teacher, etc) will remain. The designations of new teacher, proficient teacher, etc. define teachers’ professional standing with regard to their level of responsibility and competence in the profession
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