SA needs more teachers - Zuma

Johannesburg - South Africa needs more teachers in order for the level of education to increase, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"Without good teachers, our targets of boosting the level of education and skills development in the country will fall flat," Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery at the anniversary of the Progressive Professionals Forum.

"I am therefore mobilising you as professionals to partner with us in promoting teacher development and empowerment, as well as in supporting education in every part of the country."

Zuma said levels within the higher education sector also had to be increased.

Government had committed in 2011 to increase the numbers of honours graduates to more than 75 000, masters graduates to more than 17 000, and doctoral graduates to more than 5 000, by 2014.

"The challenge in meeting these targets fully, is that the production of these skills is threatened by an ageing lecturing workforce at higher education institutions," the president said.

"One fifth of academics will retire within a decade, and many of these are professors. This means that the most experienced academics will be leaving higher education."

Zuma said government was concerned over the small numbers of younger researchers entering the field. He said the country needed to produce more researchers and younger lecturers during this term.

"The focus of government, through the department of higher education, is to grow the number of graduates from black communities and attract them into academic careers.

"We need to make academia exciting for our youth," Zuma said.

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Jacques Potgieter 2014-09-04 11:08:27 PM
No no. SA need more GOOD teachers. Anybody can stand in front of a class and read out of a book, but it takes a special person to be a good teacher.
Afriman Jackson 2014-09-04 11:13:04 PM
Compete with private sector salary wise if you want good teachers.. Nobody wants to earn peanuts..
Mphiwe Ndwandwe 2014-09-04 11:14:10 PM
If one can answer why all college of education were? We also need to increase the pass mark to 60% and then the education will be very much challenging
Steven Says 2014-09-04 11:16:29 PM
We actually need heads of state who are prepared to LEAD a country without corruption and self enrichment and who then would create the funds available for more teachers. I presume the city of Nkandla will require teachers soon.
emmanuel.modika 2014-09-04 11:17:44 PM
wow,mr President now wants smart and bright people in this country
Danie Nel 2014-09-04 11:23:08 PM
More? What about quality??? The ANC has it wrong again.
Tina Butler 2014-09-04 11:25:49 PM
We need a lot of things. We also need a government which can produce those things with our taxes, instead of stealing it.
Pietie Philander 2014-09-04 11:39:16 PM
The experienced teachers already left like lets say 5 years ago so a bit delayed there.
sbu.mokwena.58 2014-09-04 11:53:07 PM
great nw u makng sense more primary level teachrz 2 build kids solid foundation
Donovan Van Senus 2014-09-04 11:53:29 PM
Well if you paid teachers properly then maybe more will take it up as a profession?