SA targets 14 000 new teachers by 2014
27 February 2013
The South African government is pushing to produce more than 14 000 new teachers
by 2014, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said at the launch of
a New Teachers Education Programme at Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga province on
Nzimande launched the programme at the reopening of the Siyabuswa Campus,
formerly the KwaNdebele College of Education. Siyabuswa Campus will form part of
the province's new university, which is due to be completed next year.
According to Nzimande, research indicates that South Africa should aim to produce
about 18 000 new teachers annually to meet its needs in the short to medium term.
"In terms of planning our projections, we will be producing in excess of 14 000 new
teachers by 2014."
Nzimande said his department was implementing a three-step approach to
strengthening and expanding the country's teacher education capacity.
These included making
that the current education capacity of universities was fully utilised, expanding
teacher education capacity on existing university campuses through the allocation of
funds to develop new infrastructure, and establishing new campuses for teacher
He said work was in progress to establish three additional teacher education
campuses, in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo province, while the
country's two new universities - to be built in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape -
would both include a "full teacher education footprint".
This, along with "the new and growing involvement of the Vaal University of
Technology in initial teacher education, will bring us very close to producing the
required 18 000 new teachers per year in the medium term," Nzimande said.