Teachers set for induction year

2015-09-21 16:56

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Pretoria - Teaching is set for a major change, with teachers needing to undergo a year's induction before they receive their professional registration, the SA Council for Education (Sace) said on Monday.

Sace CEO Raj Brijraj said the induction year would ensure newly qualified teachers out of university were the right fit for the profession.

"It has been felt that many teachers are not having the correct profile to become teachers and it is only through a probationary test period we would know that a teacher... would be suitable for teaching," Brijraj told reporters in Centurion.

He said the decision had been taken with buy-in from both teacher unions, government departments and other stakeholders in the profession. 

This showed that teacher unions were serious about teachers becoming professionals, since they were the ones that needed to agree on the proposal in theory before it could be implemented. 

"Sace is busy working with the [basic education] department and the teacher unions to find out what would be the measurables in that year," Brijraj said.

The the induction year was only likely be introduced in 2017.

"We cannot foresee it being implemented next year because of the preparations that would be required. We think it's going to take this year and a bit of next year to finalise... The modalities of the induction year are still being worked out."

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