The recruitment and training of teachers in the vital subjects of maths and science is set to receive a significant boost as a result of a venture established by the Department of Basic Education in a joint venture with the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA) and Investec.
By way of this collaboration, the department has created and adopted the “Teacher Assist Approach” programme, which it will implement when recruiting and placing new teachers in vital subjects that include Mathematics, Science and English.
The department, ISASA and Investec unveiled this historic public-private partnership with the aim of training 200 teacher interns in the priority subjects. The teachers are going to be trained at independent schools bertween 2013 and 2020.
The programme will employ the combined resources to develop quality teachers in Maths, Science and English. The department will provide for the total study and subsistence costs of the teachers for the period of their training via the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme.
ISASA schools will host, train and mentor the interns. The group will in addition manage the programme which will involve recruiting, selecting and placing prospective teachers, as well as supporting them throughout the period of their internship, which will take between 3 and 4 years.
Investec is expanding it’s support at school level and is extending its focus to the vital need to develop high quality teachers in the key subjects of maths and science. Its function will in addition see them make available capital for enrichment activities for instance the orientation of the new recruits, academic support along with hosting of mentoring meetings.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga mentioned, in line with the education strategy – Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025, the department was in fact making an effort to boost the supply of young and qualified educators, especially for gateway subjects.
“The Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme is one way of [achieving this], hence our support for this initiative. This will help us in placing the just over 2 000 new graduates Funza Lushaka has produced over the last three years and in tackling current teacher shortages,” Motshekga said.
The day-to-day support of the recruits is going to be made available from the ISASA, which includes the ongoing evaluation of the recruits, to make certain that individuals who need additional support are actually identified and assisted appropriately. ISASA will be managing every aspect of the teachers’ development, utilizing the help and support of the department and Investec. It is anticipated that the training model could be the catalyst towards grooming the next generation of teachers.
The primary objectives and goals of the programme is to develop confident, competent teachers, along with a robust dedication to Maths and Science teaching as their lifelong profession. Undoubtedly, the multiplier effect associated with skillful teachers within these priority subjects is truly a major contribution to the teaching profession.
Suitable applicants are school-leavers with university entrance passes in addition to superior results in Maths, Science or English. Individuals with university credits or degrees in these subjects will also be among those benefiting from hte bursaries to study towards a teaching degree.
Investec representative Setlogane Manchidi encouraged interns to carry out some research, stating that ” he who doesn’t research, has nothing to teach. “Whatever you teach our children and allow them to discover about themselves will be the foundation upon their future,” Manchidi told the interns.
Transnet Foundation Senior Manager: Education, Theresa Vivian Moila acknowledged the reality that the teaching profession was in fact undervalued, however, it is not all “doom and gloom” and challenged the interns to revive and restore the excellence within the teaching profession.
“Be at the frontline to give learners requisition knowledge. You have to open doors of opportunities for learners and restore the love of learning. Become the village that raises children. Go out and conquer the world and touch the lives of learners and communities in a positive way,” said Moila.
Nomthandazo Dube from Tembisa, who feels that she was born a teacher, signed up with the programme to acquire practical experience. “I want to find my feet first before going out to teach. My goal is to further my studies and do Education Psychology because it gives you the tools you need as an educator to understand the learner behaviour and how to respond in different situations.
Applicants for 2014, especially graduates wishing to access bursaries, can get application forms by contacting ISASA on 011 648 1331.