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Department of Basic Education working hard to improve qualifications for Grade R teachers, 04 August 2015


The Department of Basic Education has noted the report by the Auditor-General in terms of unqualified and under-qualified teachers for the year 2013. The report of the Auditor-General, which was tabled in Parliament last week, has found that half of the teachers in Grade R do not have the minimum qualification to teach in that grade. It says in 2013, 16 520 of 21 207 (78%) Grade R teachers did not have a diploma to teach at this level in line with the national qualification framework.


As a result of the AG's work the Department conducted its own audit to verify the data and found that in fact there were 12,336 teachers who were in need of qualification upgrading.


The survey, conducted in 2014 established that nationally, 12 336 teachers have been found to be in need of qualification upgrading, either in the form of a  B.Ed. or Grade R Diploma, Kwa-Zulu Natal having the most at 4504 and Gauteng the least at 30.


Currently the Department is assisting all provinces to ensure teachers complete NQF Level 4, whilst a further 4000 are receiving support to complete either a B Ed or Diploma in Grade R teaching. In addition to the support initiatives put in place by the Department of Basic Education, various Provincial Education Departments have also initiated training for Grade R practitioners. The North West Department of Education has registered 50 practitioners at the North West University (NWU) for the Diploma in Grade R teaching while the Northern Cape Department of Education has enrolled 130 Grade R practitioners in the same programme. The Gauteng Department of Education also has plans to enrol 500 Grade R practitioners for a 3 year NQF level 6 qualification.


The Department notes challenges being experienced in the capacity of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to enrol teachers on the programme which is currently low. At present there are only 4 institutions offering the programme with a total capacity of 2690 per year, thus making it difficult for the Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) to enrol the numbers required to reduce the backlog at the pace required. The Department is in discussions with the relevant Higher Education forums to increase capacity to absorb the numbers at the required rate.

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Written By: Administrator Account
Date Posted: 1/11/2016
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