KZN needs 3 000 teachers annually: MEC
Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal education department has partnered with five universities in a bid to produce at least 3 000 teachers every year, MEC Senzo Mchunu said on Thursday.
He told the KZN legislature a shortage of teachers in the province made it difficult to produce good school results.
The institutions that entered into the agreement with the department were the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban University of Technology, University of Zululand, Mangosuthu University of Technology and the University of SA.
"A discourse will soon start with the department of higher education to increase funding in respect of teacher education particularly for the province of KwaZulu-Natal,” Mchunu said.
The MEC was to meet with university rectors in order to get feedback on how the programme to produce the teachers was going.
He said only 493 teachers aged 30 years and younger entered the public service, while the department is targeting 1 200 by next year.
About 4 500 teachers were lost annually through resignations, deaths and other factors.
"Among the 3 000 teachers that we need annually, 2 500 should be for maths and science and even with that there would still be shortages," said Mchunu.
If this was not rectified, KZN and South Africa were approaching crisis point on teacher availability, he said.