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​On 18 -19 April 2019, SEAMEO RETRAC organised the workshop Southeast Asia Teacher Competency Framework, Teachers’ Satisfaction, and Motivation. Attending the worshop were over 30 representatives from the ministry of education of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, together with SEAMEO CELLL, SEAMEO QITEP in Science, SEAMEO RECSAM, and SEAMOLEC. The workshop served a double function: a review of the implementation of the Southeast Asia Teacher Competency Framework (SEA-TCF), and initial inputs for a study into Southeast Asian teachers’ satisfaction and motivation that SEAMEO RETRAC is conducting.



Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong, SEAMEO RETRAC Director, and Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela, Director of SEAMEO Secretariat, extended warm welcomes to the participants and wished them a fruitful workshop.

Dr Hoang Duc Minh, Director General, Department of Teachers and Educational Mangers, Vietnam delivered the opening remarks, in which he emphasised that this 4.0 era is sparking a lot of changes, including the way lessons are taught, people are educated, and that Vietnam had issued its Teachers’ Competencies Framework in 2010 with an aim to standardise teaching quality across the country. He also expressed hope that the workshop would provide a holistic view of the SEA-TCF for adjustment and SEAMEO RETRAC as a centre and Vietnam as a Southeast Asian country would contribute to professional development of teachers in the region.

SEA-TCF was developed by the Teachers’ Council of Thailand (TCT), in partnership with the SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES) and the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH). It  is intended to be a reference framework for pre-service teacher education, recruitment and selection, in-service training and continuing professional development for teachers in Southeast Asia. In August 2018, the SEAMEO Council approved the Southeast Asia Teachers Competency Framework (SEA-TCF) to be used for teachers in the region.

The workshop listened to a body of country presentations sharing their policy-supported teachers’ competencies framework implementation in relation to the SEA-TCF. Discussion of factors contributing to teachers’ satisfaction and motivation was conducted on day two of the workshop. Mr Khau Huu Phuoc, Manager of SEAMEO CELLL Research and Training Department, provided input on the role of lifelong learning in ensuring motivation in the teaching profession.

The workshop concluded with a summary of key points of the content, delivered by Dr Ethel, and the closing remark by Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong in which she thanked the participants for their contributions, especially the valued comments on key factors that enhance teachers’ satisfaction and motivation that feed into the study currently conducted by SEAMEO RETRAC.

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