Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia published the results of Teachers Certification Exams 2011. First Deputy Minister Koka Sepherteladze, Director of National Examination Center Maia Miminoshvili and Director of National Center for Teacher Professional Development Gia Mamulashvili held a briefing for the press on this matter.
As a result of the strategy implemented by the Ministry, the teachers’ results in Certification Exams are very high.
This year 2500 teachers will obtain certificates. Last year the number of certified teachers was 1200.
Till year 2014, Teachers Certification Exams are voluntary and teachers have the right to take either one or two exams. This year 5000 teachers passed exams in Professional Skills. 4000 teachers passed exams in their subjects. Next year these teachers will have to take only one exam. By 2014 about 60% of teachers will be certified.
This year National Center for Teacher Professional Development under the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia re-trained 20000 teachers in Professional Skills and other subjects. This program of teachers’ training will be more intensified next year. In October Teachers’ House will be opened in Tbilisi.
Certified teachers will get 75 GEL as a bonus to their salaries. If the teachers pass exams in English language and Computer Skills their salaries will increase up to 200 GEL. The salaries of those teachers who will have best results in certification exams and who have already passed exams in English Language and Computer Skills will equal to gross 1000 GEL.
Certified teachers will also have opportunity to work as a mentor teacher and take part in different educational programs initiated by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.