Teachers face tests before promotions

2014-11-18 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Experience alone will no longer be enough to qualify a teacher as a school principal. Soon, teachers will have to pass a competency test before being considered for promotion.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said recently in reply to a parliamentary question from the DA’s education spokesperson Annette Lovemore, that she wants tests for teachers seeking promotion to the posts of department head, deputy principal and principal.

“The plan is to introduce the tests in the 2015/16 financial year, after consulting with stakeholders,” she said.

Teachers will first have to have three years’ experience for head of department (level two), five years’ for deputy principal (level three) and seven years’ for principal (level four).

Basil Manuel, president of teacher union Naptosa, said: “The minister will probably test the teacher’s knowledge of rules, but this doesn’t make a person a good teacher.

“A good principal invests in his teachers, can work with children and can speak to parents. And most important is that he or she gets everyone working. How will that be tested?”

However, Manuel had no detailed knowledge of the minister’s plan and said the teachers’ unions had not yet been consulted.

“There’s a group of people under the impression that everything can be tested. Look for example at the Annual National Assessment tests. Will the children get better at maths or languages because they are being tested every year?

“Rather send principals on courses than test them.”

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