Teacher training quality needs improvement: DA

2012-04-24 20:10

Cape Town - The quality of teacher training needs to be beefed up before education standards can be improved, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

To have schools with competitive literacy and numeracy standards and 80% of Grade 1 pupils passing matric, teacher training had to improve, DA spokesperson Annelie Lotriet said.

Speaking in the National Assembly during debate on the higher education and training budget vote, she said the DA-run Western Cape provincial government had focused on "getting the basics right in education".

In 2011, the province scored the highest pass rate in the country - a testament to this approach, she said.

"We believe the same emphasis on quality teaching should be applied to educators in the higher education and training sector."

Quality education

To improve the quality of teaching, teacher training had to be improved. One of the ways this could be achieved was by re-opening teacher-training colleges.

The department had long promised that this would happen.

The DA’s vision for higher education and training was of a system that equipped South Africans with the skills they needed to fulfil their true potential.

"This is a system that consists of committed and professional teachers, who can deliver quality education.

"It is a system that will facilitate a shift to a knowledge-based economy, and that can deliver the skills necessary to boost productivity and incomes.

"This is vital if we are to encourage economic growth and job creation, and deliver opportunities to all South Africans," Lotriet said.

Speaking earlier during the debate, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said certain former teacher-training colleges were to be re-opened.

Basis of good education system

"The basis of any good education system is the quality of its teachers and we continue to strengthen teacher education," he said.

"We have ring-fenced R450m for the 2012/13 to 2013/14 funding cycle to expand university infrastructure capacity for teacher education, and this will continue in the next funding cycle."

There had been significant growth in full-time equivalent enrolments in initial teacher education programmes from 35 937 in 2009 to 41 292 in 2010, a 15% increase.

Likewise the number of new teachers who graduated increased from 6 976 in 2009 to 7 973 in 2010, an increase of just under 1 000, or 14%.

Particular attention was being paid to the development of foundation phase teachers, especially African language mother-tongue speakers.

"In order to expand our capacity to produce new teachers, we will open the former Ndebele College Campus in Mpumalanga for foundation phase teacher education in 2013.

"We also plan to open one former teacher training college each in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape," he said.

  • adam - 2012-04-24 20:21

    I heard on 702 that we have one million plus school kids in their twenties, and a large number that are older than their teachers. I would like to see stats for individual provinces, and one can bet that the DA will beat all others. The DA are far far better at governing, including schooling than the anc.Only the DA will lead RSA out of the deep, that the anc has caused.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-24 20:36

      Yeah you right Adam, The ANC kept a the same majority poverty stricken. We are still in the process of dusting ourselves off from a infamous legacy.It's gonna take a few generations. Look at the big picture and RSA is moving forward.

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-24 22:35

      That oppressor mentality is exactly why the pass mark is just 30% - the standard of education has gone DOWN - the fodder coming out of the system is UNEMPLOYABLE - check these credentials, and then tell me what was SO WRONG (and I have never support Apartheid-like ideologies): Nzimande attended the Roman Catholic School, Henryville, and then Plessiers Lower Primary School before going to Mthethomusha School in Edendale, the first school in the area established under the new Bantu education system. He matriculated in 1975 at Georgetown High, Edendale. He completed his Psychology Honours degree at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, in 1980. His Masters degree is in Industrial Psychology (1981) and more recently he has been awarded a PhD for a thesis in the field of personnel management from the University of Natal.

      Smile - 2012-04-25 09:14

      @Bluzulu You are alway crying that the white man opressed you, but the ANC is doing exactly the same thing... They are insuring that there voter are undereducated so that future generations will vote for them. Nice ANC!!!

  • Thabo - 2012-04-24 23:33

    Apparently there is a supplementary one week course that the teachers under go in order to be able to teach new syllabus for one year. It sounds like a joke but its sad considering the future of our kids.

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-25 06:48

    First start with the quality of the teachers that CAN train. Start with sacking this lot of illiterate, , untrainable, useless lot we are sitting with and who only live for strikes.

      carpejugulim - 2012-04-25 08:22

      I'll second that anthro45 ... it's all very well opening every last training colledge available but if the facilitators / educators are not competent then the future teacher are going to be useless as well

  • Marc - 2012-04-25 07:46

    DA-run province out-performs the rest of the country once again.

  • Gert - 2012-04-25 07:59

    It is a dangerous spiral of events taking place in SA. Many teachers are not up to standard and they actually obtain senior positions where they shouldn't be ( with the help of friends and corruption) The attitude of most black teachers must undergo TRAINING. They have this racist inclination against whites who has the right attitude towards discipline, ethics and sense of duty. They must all contribute to make a school work and they don't do that and then they are cross when whites stop to assist them. (you can't hold the hand of somebody for ever.) The head master position is CRITICAL-many get positions because of 'friends ' higher up. and they have no clue of inspiring teachers and setting the correct example. They are scared to apply discipline because they may be unpopular or lose their position. At a certain school in Gauteng a teacher neglected to complete the kids's reports on time (one day late) and a disciplinary hearing was held and the teacher almost lost the job. At another school MANY teachers didn't complete it even after a WEEK AND THEN THEY DID IT DURING THE CHILDREN'S SCHOOL TIME and those teachers that had it completed on time HAD TO LOOK AFTER THOSE CRIMINAL TEACHERS'S KIDS DURING THE SCHOOL TIME and off course during this time they couldn't attend to their own duties. This was allowed by the principal and 'pushed' by the black staff as to 'PUNISH' those whites that did their work and didn't want to play along with the rest of the black lazy teachers.

      Gert - 2012-04-25 08:22

      To cont.--- needless to say this school is one of the schools leading kids into disaster and it is done BY THEIR OWN KIND. The blacks got better education during Apartheid and were mostly taught by 'racist' whites. This is a real slap in the face of the black minister and black education department. It was noted that older persons taught under apartheid can spell and read better than this new generation. A real solution for this problem is to tackle one school at a time ---for a whole year EDUCATED HIGH QUALITY BLACK TEACHERS must be appointed to sit in at every class and evaluate the teacher throughout the year ( they do quick window dressing with short inspections and they look like angels and stealing other teacher's work as to mislead the inspectors) A quality teacher will quickly identify a rubbish element and they can quickly fire the bad elements. THIS IS NOW THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT because other schools will be terrified that they are next on the list and the standard will increase dramatically---BELIEVE ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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