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Wednesday | 21 November | 2018 The impact of teachers on learners’ lives

By Marli Naidoo An excellent teacher can change a child’s life. As the most influential role-models for developing learners, they are responsible for more than academic enrichment. A good teacher forms close ties with his learners, and can in this way have a positive impact on a learner’s life inside and outside the classroom. Important life-lessons can be taught, which can determine children’s success after school. The teacher has a life-long impact. It has been found that positive learner-teacher relationships lower the percentage of children who do not complete schools with so much as 50%. Children are supported academically and
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Wednesday | 17 October | 2018 Other specialist and/or career-focused schools in South Africa, apart from arts and aviation schools

By Tania du Toit Schools that focus more on certain subjects than the “ordinary” mainstream schools have been with us for a long time, for example commercial schools, agricultural schools, trade and/or technical schools. We have also had arts schools at secondary level for a number of decades (Pro Arte, Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School) and with time so-called “sports academies”, as at the University of Pretoria, became part of the school-choice spectrum. Actually the leaning towards vocational schools in addition to so-called “ordinary” academic schools is nothing new. In most European countries (Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium) and some other
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Monday | 15 October | 2018 What prospects do the new South African aviation and other SOS schools hold for teachers?

By Tania du Toit Exciting prospects await future teachers at the new SOS schools (schools of specialisation) that have been opened at a fast pace in Gauteng since 2015 or have been converted from old schools. The enthusiasm with which this new Gauteng initiative is being marketed and promoted by die Department of Education is catching. Who could be teachers here, especially when taking into consideration that this technical and vocational school training aims at preparing a new generation of learners for specific sectors of the labour market? The Gauteng MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, clearly confirmed in media statements that pure
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Wednesday | 10 October | 2018 Extra classes (private and at schools) in almost every school subject

By Tania du Toit Almost every school website prominently promotes the value of extra classes (all subjects) after school or over weekends. A few decades ago one would have asked but what goes on during school hours? Support classes were not so common as to almost be the norm. In residential areas extra-class billboards appear on as many home-business walls as ordinary business billboards. Internet searches for extra classes or tutor assistance support the conclusion that there is a demand for and offer of extra classes. The economic pressure and the fact that school costs take a massive bite out
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Monday | 08 October | 2018 Education: Is homeschooling still a dirty word in South Africa?

By Tania du Toit Homeschooling has been a controversial subject ever since it became legal in South Africa in 1996. But why? Down the ages parents have been their children’s primary carers and teachers until they (perhaps) went to school later. In a social order where liberties, rights and claims to democracy are on the increase and pushed to the fore, this debate should long have been a thing of the past. But what is the current position in South Africa? At the end of 2017 homeschooling parents’ equilibrium was shaken by the proposed amendments to the basic education bill
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Thursday | 04 October | 2018 Teaching as a career: Yes or no?

By Nico Strydom Teaching often draws negative publicity and this could put off young people from considering teaching as a career. The profession is not always thought of as an attractive career choice because of, inter alia, disciplinary problems and a small salary. It is generally acknowledged that South Africa has a serious shortage of suitably qualified and competent teachers. According to research the number of learner enrolments will increase from 12,3 million in 2013 to 13,4 million in 2023. To cope with this, the number of teachers will have to increase from 426 000 in 2013 to 456 000 in 2025.
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Tuesday | 11 September | 2018 Establish cooperation between teachers and parents

By Marli Naidoo The school’s best ally in its task to nurture a learner’s innate urge to learn, is the parent. However, it is not only the parent’s duty to become involved, but also the school’s duty to pull in the parents and make them feel welcome in their children’s education in the classroom. With cooperation between teachers and parents your child has the best chance to a happy and successful school career. Communication is the key to this relationship. General newsletters and printed calendars are important, but direct communication by means of emails and even telephone calls are what
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Tuesday | 11 September | 2018 What teachers would like parents to know

By Marli Naidoo Our children spend a large part of their days with their teachers at school, and the rest of the time with their families. However, parents and teachers do not always have the time to get together. When a meeting does take place, it revolves around the interests of the child and the reasons for the meeting being necessary, but there are so many things that teachers would like parents to be aware of. Your child’s teacher cares about every child in his/her class, and can therefore not focus all his/her attention on one child only. No child
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Tuesday | 04 September | 2018 May you lecture/teach officially without a (post-graduate) teacher’s diploma, degree or qualification?

By Tania du Toit A specific “set” of qualifications or requirements needs to be met by teachers who wish to be permanently appointed with a complete remuneration package at official government or other accredited schools. Usually the normal route is a four-year B.Ed. university degree or a B.Tech. (teacher’s) degree at a Technikon or technical university. Some students obtain a degree in one or another subject or specialist direction (e.g. B.Com.) and then supplement it with a post-graduate certificate/diploma/degree in education, at any accredited institution such as UNISA. Of course, there are also teacher’s diplomas at colleges. Prospective teachers who
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Friday | 31 August | 2018 Education: How does a student internship work?

By Tania du Toit Aspiring teachers usually study full-time for a three- or four-year degree or diploma at colleges, Technikons or universities. Sometimes a post-graduate one-year teaching diploma may also be required, depending on the qualifications composition. There is another route that can be taken to become a teacher, rather than studying first and working thereafter. “Student internships” refer to aspiring teachers who before their graduation work full-time as teachers’ assistants, while studying part-time for their teaching qualification. Student internships are handled in the same way as job applications, with contractual agreements between approved applicants and specific schools, consequently the
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