Educators upskilled

2017-11-29 06:00

Recently, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga emphasised the need for large-scale, collaborative and substantive change to provide equity, quality and inclusive lifelong learning opportunities for all learners in every school in South Africa.

It is exactly that kind of change the University of the Free State (UFS) is committed to facilitating.

With over 12 million learners in South African schools and 380 000 teachers in South Africa, and with the progress being made in strengthening South Africa’s wireless infrastructure, the UFS is embracing the challenge to transform education beyond the model that was established centuries ago in the absence of technology and today’s tools.

The UFS South Campus in Bloemfontein is the first campus to provide an entirely online Advanced Certificate in Teaching (Act) programme for teachers as one means of significantly addressing long-standing educational, economic and political needs.

The Act online programme addresses the requirement for a teaching and learning pathway for teachers wanting to advance in their careers.

This qualification has the specific aim of improving teachers’ knowledge and competencies towards a new subject, or strengthening their subject specialisation.

Furthermore, the Act programme can play an important role in im­proving the quality of education and the quality of life of many South Africans.

It will not only upgrade the qualification of those teachers who are currently employed without adequate training, but it also offers specialist education to those teachers who need to strengthen their subject specialisation knowledge base.

The qualification also aims to provide retraining to teachers who wish to change their career path, thus enlarging the pool of teachers who are able to teach various subjects.

There are numerous advantages of the Act online programme for teachers, some of which include:

  • It offers students the opportunity to study in their own time and at their own place and pace.
  • It presents an outstanding opportunity to conveniently and affordably advance in higher education and achieve professional qualifications.
  • It is a brilliant solution for adult working students, who cannot easily access traditional on-campus or blended learning programmes.
  • It will help accelerate the pace at which South Africa’s teachers earn this important qualification.
  • It is making learning more convenient for working teachers by decreasing travel requirements.
  • It assesses students’ ability to apply the new skills and knowledge in a practical way that can be applied in the classroom.

The starting dates for the programme in 2018 are: 22 January, 19 March and 14 May.

For more information on the Act online programme, call the toll-free number 0800-982-167, send an email to online@ufs.ac.za or visit www.ufs.ac.za/ACTonline.

Alternatively, send an SMS or Whats­App to 082-548-2493.

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