DA: How to improve teacher quality

2012-11-01 15:25
(File, AFP)

(File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The DA proposed a number of steps on Thursday to improve the quality of school teachers.

Among other things, student teachers should be aggressively recruited from high-demand and rural areas where they would subsequently be placed, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Annette Lovemore told reporters.

This would alleviate the problem of graduates citing personal difficulties in relocating to the rural areas where they were often most needed, she said.

The basic education department should also create an in-house selection and monitoring team to vigorously screen applications for the department’s primary teacher-attraction tool, the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme.

Currently the composition of the selection team was ad hoc and dependent on institutions.

Industry tools

Lovemore said a departmental team should take primary responsibility for assessing candidates and should use industry tools, such as psychometric testing, to assist in selections.

The department also had to assess and accredit quality tertiary institutions to train bursars. Bursars should be sent exclusively to these accredited institutions.

The in-house selection and monitoring team should track the academic results of all bursars to determine and facilitate academic assistance and interventions where necessary.

The current placement strategy also failed to place all bursary graduates, even as the vacancy rate continued to climb.

This was because of the administrative difficulties associated with placing thousands of graduates in the short space of time between their graduation and the start of the new school year.

The department should co-operate with provincial education departments to fill teacher vacancies as part of the post provisioning process that occurred at the end of every year, which would allow for placement in advance.

Lovemore said a significant problem was that the Funza Lushaka programme was failing.

Poor planning

Every year about 10 000 bursaries were awarded and recipients were then required to teach at a public school for the same number of years for which they received the bursary.

"Poor planning has seen this resource fundamentally under-utilised. Very few of the bursars graduate timeously and even fewer actually become teachers," she said.

In 2012, only 26.5% of the graduated bursars were actually placed as teachers at public schools. This year the department expected only 2837 students to qualify, some 31% of the intake four years previously.

Lovemore said she would ask to meet Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to discuss the DA's proposals.
- SAPA
Read more on:    da  |  angie motshekga  |  education
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
47 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.