Glitches at curriculum training sites
TEACHERS across Gauteng took time off their winter holidays to be trained on the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (Caps), but there were no workbooks when they got there.
Training for 33000 teachers in the new curriculum started on Tuesday and was supposed to end yesterday, but the Gauteng education department was forced to add an extra day at some sites because of a lack of workbooks. The Caps training is aimed at educators in grades 4, 7 and 11.
A teacher in Pretoria said: "We have been coming for training every day and the facilitators have been apologising profusely about the books. They said that the books were stuck in an office at the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership."
Sites that did not have training material include the Westpark, Lynwoodridge, Lindopark and Meyerspark primary schools in Pretoria.
At some of the schools the material was only delivered on Wednesday afternoon, and even then teachers had to share books as there were not enough.
Departmental spokesman Charles Phahlane said the training was costing the Gauteng government R11.5-million.
"The department has provided training material to all the 259 training sites. But, we experienced challenges at 19 sites with over-subscription by educators or under-delivery."
But teachers claimed that was not true.
"We submitted statistics way before the training. They had the exact number of teachers who would be here. If they did not have that they would not have been able to divide us the facilitators. They must just admit that it was a lack of planning," said a teacher doing social sciences in Pretoria.
"We have despatched couriers to send top-up material and all sites should have received material by the close of Wednesday," Phahlane sais.
"At one site in Tshwane we will arrange an additional day of training this week for social science." - email@example.com