TEACHER DEVELOPMENT IN 2017

One of government’s initiatives in response to ensuring an increase in supply of newly qualified teachers is through the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme.

 

Annually, prospective teachers are awarded bursaries to pursue their teaching qualifications funded by the state through the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme. This is also an approach by government to ensure that learners make teaching their first career choice.  Since 2012, a total of 765 Funza Lushaka Bursary recipients and graduates have been placed in various schools throughout the province. A total of 116 of these teachers were placed in schools in the 2016 school academic year.

 

A total of 20 Teach SA Ambassadors were placed in schools in February 2017. The majority of these potential teachers specialise in Mathematics and Physical Science.

 

The Department, in partnership with Sishen Iron Ore Community Trust (SIOC) and Rhodes University in accredited in-service training for teachers. A total of 84 of the initial 108 teachers are expected to graduate with a B.Ed Degree by the end of 2017. These teachers specialise in Foundation Phase, English First Additional Language (EFAL) and Mathematics. It is through investments such as this partnership, that we are able to enhance the competency levels of our teachers for overall improved quality public education.

 

This year marks a historic milestone for the Sol Plaatje University. Its first B. Ed Degree graduates are expected at the end of the 2017 academic year.

 

We have already started engaging the University on the 34 prospective B. Ed Degree graduates with the aim of offering them permanent posts, preferably, nearest to their residential areas.

 

Teacher Development plan 2017/18

  • -       Training of 10 teachers in Braille Application
  • -     Training of 30 Physical Science and 30 Natural Science teachers in targeted schools; topics will include the ones that have been poorly achieves in the NSC examination
  • -       Training of 10 teachers and subject advisors in Sign Language
  • -       Training of 500 grade 7-9 teachers in EMS content in the preparation for Accounting in the FET Phase
  • -       Training of 110 Foundation Phase teachers from 110 schools in 3 Districts in EFAL teaching workshop
  • -       Training of Inclusive Education officials in the use, monitoring and implementation of the multi-grade toolkits in all Districts
  • -       Training of 90 Reading coaches, they assist  in providing assistance to teachers and strengthen language acumen
  • -       Training of 40 Mathematics coaches to assist leaners in Grade 4-6
  • -       To ensure subjects clinic meetings take place on a regular basis. Subject clinics provide a platform for interaction and sharing of knowledge.
  • -       To establish, train and support PLC’s in schools: train all District officials in the implementation of PLS’s. LPS’s are communities that provide the setting and necessary support for groups of classroom teachers, school managers and subject advisors to participate in determining their own developmental trajectories and to set up activities that will drive their development
  • -       Induction programmes for new teachers in schools
  • -       Provide bursaries for 100 in-service teachers for upgrading and improving qualifications
  • -       To provide the logistics for all ETDPSETA funded courses (e.g., End-User computing)
  • -       Orientation, sign-up and monitoring of the CPTD process. SACE and DBE collaboration informed by the National Policy on Teacher Development
  • -       Reward and honour teachers in the profession through the National Teaching Awards
  • -       Connecting classroom: The “Connecting Classrooms” project is targeted at teachers and School and aims to cover four (4) core skills:

·     Critical thinking and problem solving which will lead to the production of innovative ideas and effective problem-solving strategies

·     Creativity and imagination – focusing on Economic and Social Entrepreneurialism

·     Collaboration and communication – Communicate effectively orally, in writing, actively listen to others in diverse and multi-lingual environments and understand verbal and non-verbal communication; and 

·     Digital Literacy -  using technology as a tool to reinforce, extend and deepen learning through international collaboration