Minister in the Presidency for National Planning Trevor Manuel suggests that in the future, teachers really should be subjected to testing on a regular basis to ascertain their knowledge and competency in addition salaries ought to be linked to learner overall performance.
Manuel showcased this vision on Wednesday to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, where he was giving a presentation of the recently published National Development Plan Vision 2030.
The plan emphasizes nine particular challenges which the country should address by 2030. These include poor education, corruption, poor public service in addition to the high burden of disease.
The minister suggested the pay structure of teachers should be revised to draw in competent educators, while the appointment of principals needs to be transformed and minimum qualifications introduced.
“Appoint only qualified people and reduce political and union interference in appointments.”
South Africa also needs to recruit Maths, Science and Technology teachers from other English-speaking countries.
The minister additionally set a target to make certain that each and every one child have two years of pre-school education, improve learner retention rates to 90 percent, the establishment of a national skills system along with the expansion of Further Training Colleges to generate 30 000 artisans a year. The country will need to increase Higher Education participation rate from 17 to 30 percent.
Manuel stated that in future, all foreigners who graduated from registered South African colleges must be granted work permits.
The committee welcomed the presentation, which they pointed out could transform South Africa for the better.
Having said that, a number of MPs cautioned that the vision should fulfill the dreams of ordinary people who feel the Reconstruction Development Programme (RDP) has not changed their lives.