Edutel launched its own subscription newspaper in March 2008 allowing teachers to subscribe to a paper that allows them to do one skills programme per annum. This will help teachers to address their skills gaps and earn professional development points that will be recorded with the South African Council for Educators.
For subscription call 011-760-4251 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Educators are required to develop themselves in order to enhance their professional competence and performance in the classroom and school.
The concept of Continued Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) for teachers is a crucial topic in the new National Policy Framework for Teachers Education and Development in South Africa.
This policy was gazetted at the end of April 2007 and it thus becomes an educator’s responsibility to identify development needs and address these through appropriate training.
Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, stated on 7 September in the Government Gazette that the new qualifications framework has been designed to meet demanding challenges facing the higher education system in the 21st century.
“It wil guide higher education institutions in the development of programmes and qualifications that provide graduates with intellectual capabilities and skills that can both enrich society and empower themselves and enhance economic and social development.”
In the new system the South African Council for Educators (SACE), as the statutory body for professional educators, will have overall responsibility for the implementation, management and quality assurance of the CPTD system.
According to the Government Gazette (26 April 2007) the SACE will be provided with the necessary resources and support to undertake that role.
The PD Points method is an internationally recognised technique used by professional bodies in many fields to acknowledge their members’ continuing professional development. Each teacher will be expected to earn a target number of PD Points in each successive three-year cycle by undertaking a variety of professional development activities, endorsed by the SACE on grounds of their fitness of purpose and quality, that suit their own needs and requirements or that have been required by their employers.
PD Points will be allocated to activities classified in five categories: School led programmes, employer led programmes, qualification programmes, other programmes, offered by NGO’s, teachers’ unions, community-based and faith-based organisations, or other approved providers and self-chosen activities.
But, the Policy Act warns that teachers should not neglect their main responsibilities in order to earn PD Points. The administrative burden on teachers must not be increased and poor quality providers and PD activities must be screened out of the system.
Addressing your competency gaps by doing credit bearing training at very affordable costs. These credits can count towards your next qualifications.
We also offer the following short programmes for teachers: