http://www.polity.org.za
Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / News / South African News RSS ← Back
Africa|Education|Road|System|Training|Africa|South Africa|Angie Motshekga|Anne Bernstein|Anthea Cereseto
Africa|Education|Road|System|Training|Africa||
africa-company|education-company|road|system|training|africa|south-africa|angie-motshekga|anne-bernstein|anthea-cereseto
Close

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Sponsored by

Close

Article Enquiry

Motshekga welcomes report highlighting loopholes in teaching profession

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.
Close

Embed Video

1

Motshekga welcomes report highlighting loopholes in teaching profession

Photo by Reuters

31st July 2017

By: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

SAVE THIS ARTICLE      EMAIL THIS ARTICLE

Font size: -+

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday welcomed a report released by the Centre for Development and Enterprises (CDE) which highlights loopholes in the teaching profession.

The report titled ‘Teacher Professional Standards for South Africa: The road to better performance, development and accountability?’ seeks to strengthen accountability, professional development and effectiveness in teaching.

Advertisement

The report is based on commissioned research on the development of Teacher Professional Standards in a range of developed and developing countries.  

Motshekga said there was a need for a “balancing factor” relating to the standards that educators had to uphold.

Advertisement

“The extent to which we strengthen accountability in the teaching profession is important in ensuring professional standards in the teaching profession. We are focussing our attention on teacher education and also guiding new teachers who are joining the system,” she said.

Chairperson for the National Education Collaboration Trust Sizwe Nxasana said the South African Council for Educators needed to be strengthened as a standard accreditation body so that it could deal with issues pertaining to the standards for the teaching profession, which he referred to as “quirky”. 

CDE executive director Anne Bernstein said South African education was in crisis.

“We can’t do the same thing and expect better results. Statistics of young unemployed youth are on the rise. Until we make significant progress for millions of poor people, it’s safe to say that South Africa today is not a good place for young people,” she declared.

The report revealed that a lack of accountability in the education system was a binding constraint on improving the quality of education in the country.

The research showed that South Africa’s teaching corp include teachers who won’t do what they are required, as well as those who can’t do what is required, owing to inadequate training and professional development.

The report suggested that all teachers be held accountable for meeting basic job requirements, and that they uphold professional conduct norms and comply with regulations and added that where teachers lacked, they must be supported and professionally developed to improve their teaching.

Former National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa president Dr Anthea Cereseto said educators were used as scapegoats when problems arose.

“We want them to work on their profession. We need progress and people who are going to lead teachers. I have yet to come across any programme which supports teachers. I am concerned by the lack of capacity. We need to talk more to teachers,” she said.

Click here to read the report.

EMAIL THIS ARTICLE      SAVE THIS ARTICLE ARTICLE ENQUIRY

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here

Comment Guidelines

About

Polity.org.za is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Polity.org.za is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close