Teachers need to be upskilled in 21st century teaching - survey findings

2017-07-05 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDDr Lieb Lienbenberg, Itsi CEO.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDDr Lieb Lienbenberg, Itsi CEO.

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The findings of a survey by ITSI highlights the state of 21st century teaching across top independent and public South African primary and secondary schools.

Following a national tour during May 2017 – which included a presentation in Pietermaritzburg – ITSI CEO and founder, Dr Lieb Liebenberg, addressed attendees on the relevance of 21st century teaching and learning.

During these events, over 400 school principals, school ICT co-ordinators and teachers were surveyed on their biggest needs in terms of 21st century teaching as well as to what extent their school has implemented e-learning.

Liebenberg said what they found during the survey was eye opening.

"The findings highlight once again that even though several schools are implementing e-learning solutions, many lack the necessary know-how and still have concerns over the practical implementation of e-learning, and specifically 21st century learning and how it ties into the South African curriculum.

"It is positive to note, though, that the momentum has shifted towards e-learning and that they realise that 21st century teaching and learning is no longer a luxury, but a necessity," he said.

Liebenberg said they are willing to provide training to teachers who need it and said it was great to implement ITSI countrywide.

"This will help everyone – teachers, and pupils from every school. It will make learning easy using proper solutions."

He also revealed they are working with the Department of Education in the Western Cape, and with Vodacom.

He urged the government to help public schools in townships and rural areas as this will help teachers and pupils.

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