25 April 2012
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union has welcomed the announcement by Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande to open former colleges of education in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Delivering his department`s budget vote speech in parliament yesterday Minister Blade Nzimande said his department would open the former Ndebele College Campus in Mpumalanga for foundation phase teacher education in 2013. He further announced his Department planned to open one former teacher training college each in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
The minister`s emphasis and focus on teacher education, is taking forward the 2009 Teacher Development Summit resolution an Integrated Teacher Development Framework; we commend him for that.
He said the department was paying particular attention to the Foundation Phase teachers, especially African mother-tongue speakers.
Although not all the former colleges would be opened, we are happy with the announcement which we regard as an answer to the pleas SADTU has been making over the years to have the colleges of education opened as the university teacher training route was failing to overcome teacher shortages.
We also commend him for giving attention to indigenous languages - another point we have consistently been emphasizing on.
We hope these colleges will greatly contribute towards the attainment of quality teaching and learning we sorely need in the foundation phase. The 2011 ANA results which showed the national average performance for Grade 3 in literacy was 35% while the national average for numeracy was 28%, were an indication that we need to work a lot to improve the foundation phase.
We also commend the Department for putting a strong focus on FET lecturer development this year. We are looking forward to the qualifications policy for FET college lecturers. We hope this will lead to the streamlining of qualifications.
ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat
General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke 082 783 2968
Deputy General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi 082 719 5157
Media Officer, Nomusa Cembi 082 783 2968