KZN needs 3 000 teachers annually: MEC

2011-09-01 22:44

Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal education department has partnered with five universities in a bid to produce at least 3 000 teachers every year, MEC Senzo Mchunu said on Thursday.

He told the KZN legislature a shortage of teachers in the province made it difficult to produce good school results.

The institutions that entered into the agreement with the department were the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban University of Technology, University of Zululand, Mangosuthu University of Technology and the University of SA.

"A discourse will soon start with the department of higher education to increase funding in respect of teacher education particularly for the province of KwaZulu-Natal,” Mchunu said.

The MEC was to meet with university rectors in order to get feedback on how the programme to produce the teachers was going.

He said only 493 teachers aged 30 years and younger entered the public service, while the department is targeting 1 200 by next year.

About 4 500 teachers were lost annually through resignations, deaths and other factors.

"Among the 3 000 teachers that we need annually, 2 500 should be for maths and science and even with that there would still be shortages," said Mchunu.

If this was not rectified, KZN and South Africa were approaching crisis point on teacher availability, he said.

  • jvl - 2011-09-02 00:14

    Quantity vs Quality. That is the question.

      debrakayestylist - 2011-09-02 11:07

      Like "Moeletsi Mbeki FOR President" on facebook if you are sick of this nonsense

      Michael - 2011-09-08 20:53

      I taught Computer Application Technology Gr.10 last year. In March I was told to leave because the post I occupied was canceled (No Funds). So please and enlighten me, where do you have shortage of teachers? I can't find work since March!

  • Blip - 2011-09-02 00:47

    So, when Sibusiso Bengu, in the mid-nineties, paid out generous "severance packages" to shed his payroll of tens of thousands of experienced, highly-qualified teachers was his ANC wrong?

      BigD - 2011-09-02 06:03

      Ja duuh - 2011-09-02 13:45

      NO. The ANC is a forward thinking body and does not make mistakes.

  • twolips - 2011-09-02 00:57

    I was a fully qualified, experienced Maths teacher. I retired from teaching the day after I turned 60 and not a day too soon. The rot set as soon as the "system" got changed and the love for teaching in an overcrowded classroom, with many unwilling, ill-disciplined "learners" soon disappeared. My pension is pathetic, but I'd rather eat dry bread and water and keep sane than do that job again.

  • Benoexpat - 2011-09-02 05:47

    Well now, to add to the woes of the MEC. I have it on good authorization that the following is happening in KZN. All the teachers in a grade will knock off leaving only one to school all the learners in that specific grade for a week. The following week he/she will leave and another will come back for a week's tutoring. And so it continues and questions are being asked as to the quality of education in South Africa. This kind of thing could be happening all over the country. First and most important of all it's the attitudes off teachers guilty of such attrocities that must be adressed and changed. Those caught's employment must be suspended immediately and duly charged with treason to the country.

      BigD - 2011-09-02 06:03

      It is the quality of the bosses. We have no quality bosses from the teachers, right to the top of government. This practice and time stealing is a well known past time for public servants. Another favorite is time spent in meetings means how busy you are. Then they get paid Rx per km for these meetings travel. Crooks.

  • Linda Whelan - 2011-09-02 06:56

    The KZN Dept of Education cannot perform administration for the teachers they have. I know a teacher who hasn't been paid for six months. She has been told that she needs to come into the offices to sign documents. However, teachers are not permitted to go to the department during school hours and the office does not provide appointments after 2pm so she can never get there. Brilliant, eh?

  • toleranne - 2011-09-02 10:46

    Solution: Re-open all those short-sightedly closed Teacher Colleges, admit 10 000 students per annum, earn 2-year diplomas, pick the top 5000 for a finishing year, best 3000 get jobs. Result: Those who really want to teach get a chance, the rest have some kind of tertiary education to build on, the country benefits with an overall increase in skills levels. Let the same apply to Nursing Colleges. Might take a few years to get back up to speed, but they are already talking about fixing the colleges ... just get on with it!

      Tk - 2011-09-02 15:27

      you have made the best comment so far, most guys are complaining and discrediting the system and not making any suggestions as to how we can solve the problem. We need to see ourselves as part of the problem and the solution, we need not distance ourselves and start pointing fingers. thank you toleranne, much appreciate your suggestion.

  • deidre.botes - 2011-09-02 16:03

    Where are all these posts advertised? I havent seen any gazettes in ages. Have a look at the WCED and you will see all posts advertised on the net, you call them and they will assist you straight away - not the case with KznED im afraid.

  • feppie - 2011-09-03 21:20

    The teaching conditions at government schools servicing working class areas(that is most of them) need to improve a lot before they can attract suitably qualified teachers. These schools are impacted by factors outside of the school. To cope with these "environment" factors, besides teachers these schools also need a lot more specialist posts per school(for example a school psychologist, librarian, nurse, mentors, NGO's that support learners at school, etc).

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