As per guidelines of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), professionals are to take continuous professional development (CPD). For professional teachers, we are required 45 credit units in order to be able to renew our licenses. These 45 credit units need to be accumulated in 3 years.
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Personally, I think this is a good move and I support this because I believe that as professionals, we need to continue to grow and learn more. As teachers, we need to be updated of recent trends and strategies to make our teaching more relevant to our pupils. However, I also believe that professional development (PD) must be something personal and self-directed. It may also be something informal like when teachers meet and share their strategies to each other. Because what benefit would it give to a teacher if, for them, they feel like they are forced to attend a PD opportunity just so in order to get credit units. I just hope that they would take away the required credit units (especially that most formal training and conferences are quite expensive) and would give ‘credits’ to school-based learning action cells (LACs) and informal conferences such as ‘halkathons’ and teacher meet-ups. In that way, teachers can choose the topics and lessons they want to learn, making CPDs more meaningful.
How about you? What are your thoughts on this? Leave your comments below.
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