Teacher training colleges make comeback

2013-01-24 14:34

Johannesburg - Plans to re-introduce teacher training colleges were underway with one former college scheduled to re-open next week, Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

Speaking at a New Age business briefing in Johannesburg, he said the first school to open would be the Ndebele College Campus in Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga.

Training at the college would be facilitated by the University of Johannesburg.

Three more colleges would be opened next year in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.

Between 1994 and 2000 the government shut down teacher training colleges and merged them with other institutions. The move was aimed at "overcoming the educational inequalities of apartheid and reducing an identified oversupply of primary [school] teachers".

In 2012, Nzimande said the higher education department had noted an increase in the number of people enrolling for full-time education programmes. Almost 38 000 enrolled for teaching courses in 2009 and over 41 000 in 2010.

12 years of schooling

Nzimande said the new colleges needed to focus on the development of teachers for the foundation phase.

With scores of new tertiary entrants students failing to pass most of their first year subjects, Nzimande dismissed claims that the lowering of the matric pass mark had played a role.

He said those who qualified for university degrees had usually obtained very high marks.

Nzimande said the fact that South Africa had 12 years of lower education probably played a role in pupils' lack of readiness for tertiary level.

"We are one of the few countries with 12 years of schooling and about three years needed for a degree... Other countries have 13 years of schooling and four-year degrees."

More mentoring and tutoring programmes were needed to help first-year students deal with the pressure of tertiary education. He said some institutions offered a foundation year for students not quite ready to begin tertiary courses.

  • p.borchard - 2013-01-24 15:24

    OK Blade, let's pretend that we also think that our patheticly low entry level has no influence here. Let's also pretend that everyone who gets accepted to varsity are actually there to be educated and not just for parties. The 7 billion rand that the tax payer will donate (we won't ever see a cent being repaid) towards bursaries and loans is fine and dandy - on condition that the students only receive their handouts AFTER passing their first year. That would indicate that the student in question either worked hard enough or was intelligent enough to pass. It only took them 18 years to realise that

      Louisa Fouche - 2013-01-24 15:43

      Ai toggie: wat was sal maar seker weer wees! lol

      Sibusiso - 2013-01-24 16:11

      @PB,while agree with your sentiment ,I however would like to point out that ,while the govt(NSFAS) ,is not very good at collecting these loans back ,they do trace u and find if you work for them or any of their agencies .I'm one such example .They made sure I repaid all the money they had assisted me with (more than R30000) .Over and above that ,I had a bank student loan to repay .I finished repaying all of the above more than 12 yrs ago.

  • eldorene.lombard - 2013-01-24 15:25

    it has nothing to do with apartheid years, it was plain a stupid move to make, because now they want to open it again after they see that the students failing subjects.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2013-01-24 15:44

    How long did it take for this man to realize Teaching is a special vocatiom and therefore needs Teacher Training Colleges. I guess some people take longer to figure things out. Well it took nearly 19 years for you to learn the correct way.

  • - 2013-01-24 16:27

    What Nzimande forgets is that South African learners and students spend more time, according to the number of school or university days, in tuition than their counterparts in other countries. In the northern hemisphere there is a three month vacation from June to the end of August, and a three week break in December and another one later before June. So they spend some eight months at school whereas SA students have about extra month to two months.

      GrumpyCapri - 2013-01-24 16:39

      Now you are just thinking like a sane and logical person which is totally unacceptable - don't come here with those counter-revolu ..... revo ... those tendencies!

  • stanford.mbizo - 2013-01-24 16:43

    Mr Nzimande, at least you woke up after a slumber of 19 years. Its not only teacher training colleges you need here, many more vocational training needs colleges, some of which were closed after 1994 because of a lot ignorance.

  • Erna - 2013-01-24 16:48

    They should never have gone away. I hope blade isn't taking credit for the idea.

      croix.mactee - 2013-01-24 19:53

      How can dull Blade take credit for something us 'honkies' have been telling him for MANY years, but he sure will try to take the praises and back-slaps.

  • ever.ryman - 2013-01-24 16:58

    Hopefully the pass mark will be higher than 30% in these colleges!!

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2013-01-24 17:54

    Another opportunity to get thee tenda!! Lots of students...lots of food (shicken) lots of ANC.....

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