Online option empowers

2017-11-01 06:00

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

It is exactly that kind of change that 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 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.

The South Campus of the UFS in Bloemfontein is the very first campus to provide an Advanced Certificate in Teaching (Act) programme for teachers, 100% online, as a 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.

The qualification has a specific aim to improve teachers’ knowledge and competency in a new subject or strengthen their subject specialisation.

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

The Act will not only upgrade the qualification of those teachers who are currently employed without adequate training, but also offers specialist education to 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 different subjects.

The Act online programme offers numerous advantages for teachers:

  • it offers students the opportunity to study in their own time, at their own place and pace;
  • it presents an outstanding opportunity to conveniently and affordably advance in higher education and achieve a professional qualification;
  • 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; and
  • it is making learning more convenient for working teachers by decreasing travel requirements and it assesses students’ ability to apply the new skills and knowledge in a practical way that can be applied in the classroom.

The remaining starting date for 2017 is Monday (06/11), while the starting dates for 2018 are 22 January, 19 March and 14 May.

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

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

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