Zuma calls for development of teachers, lecturers to boost education

2014-09-05 08:48

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

South Africa needs more teachers in order for the level of education to increase, President Jacob Zuma has said.

“Without good teachers, our targets of boosting the level of education and skills development in the country will fall flat,” Zuma said yesterday at the anniversary of the Progressive Professionals Forum in Midrand.

“I am therefore mobilising you as professionals to partner with us in promoting teacher development and empowerment, as well as in supporting education in every part of the country.”

Zuma said levels within the higher education sector also had to be increased.

The government had committed in 2011 to increase the numbers of honours graduates to more than 75 000, masters graduates to more than 17 000, and doctoral graduates to more than 5 000, by 2014.

“The challenge in meeting these targets fully, is that the production of these skills is threatened by an ageing lecturing workforce at higher education institutions,” the president said.

“One fifth of academics will retire within a decade, and many of these are professors. This means that the most experienced academics will be leaving higher education.”

Zuma said the government was concerned over the small numbers of younger researchers entering the field. He said the country needed to produce more researchers and younger lecturers during this term.

“The focus of the government, through the department of higher education, is to grow the number of graduates from black communities and attract them into academic careers. We need to make academia exciting for our youth,” Zuma said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.