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SA schools need good teachers: Ramaphosa

By Sapa | Aug 11, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 11 ]

A school needed good teachers in order to produce quality students, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.

In a speech prepared for delivery at the St John's College fund raising gala dinner in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Friday, Ramaphosa said the school had been favoured with good teachers.

The school turned 135 this year.

"For a school to reach this age, for it to produce generations of outstanding leaders and remarkable people there is something special that it must have done well," he said.

"My guess, and the alumni can tell me if I am wrong, is that St John's has been favoured with good teachers."

Former president Thabo Mbeki, Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle and former head of the National Prosecuting Authority Vusi Pikoli are part of the school's alumni.

He said the school had sought to attract and nurture teachers who were focused on producing well-educated children and improving themselves as teachers.

"It is this enduring attribute that we find in St John's that is so often missing in our country today."

He said for young people to reach their full potential, the country needed teachers with the ability and commitment to nurture and develop them.

In a study conducted by consulting firm McKinsey & Company titled "How the world's best-performing school systems come out on top" published in 2007, Ramaphosa said three key factors were noted.

These were - getting the right people to become teachers, developing them into effective instructors and ensuring that the system was able to deliver the best possible instruction for every child, he said.

"These findings underline our contention that transforming our education system requires a sustained focus on the quality of our teachers and principals.

"Teachers are not the problem. Teachers are the solution of many of our problems."

He said the National Development Plan emphasised the need to improve the quality of teacher training and the recruitment of higher calibre candidates.

The plan also identified ways to empower teachers already in service by improving their knowledge of the subjects they taught, providing training in effective teaching methods, and addressing their working conditions and remuneration.

"We need to restore the status of teachers in our communities. Teaching needs to once again become the favoured profession of capable, dedicated and ambitious young South Africans."

Teachers needed to earn respect by not taking part in activities which brought their profession into disrepute.

"Through their actions, they need to restore the integrity and moral standing of the important positions they occupy."

Ramaphosa said South Africa needed educated citizens who could compete in a globalised world.

"We need to build a capable generation that is armed with the knowledge, skills, cognitive ability and drive to elevate our productivity and improve our competitiveness."

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speru5

Deal with the roots Mr Deputy, You cannot have good teachers without the good system of education.

Aug 11, 2014 7:58 | 0 replies

Domkop~

But then for you to see that someone is a good teacher, you'll need to have a bad teacher to know a good teacher. A bad teacher has to be in place for you to differentiate between the good and the bad. We need bad teachers too otherwise how would we know that there are good teachers?

Aug 11, 2014 8:0 | 1 replies

bIawan

Are you sick in head Sir?

Aug 11, 2014 8:15 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

Thanks for that, Captain obvious.

Aug 11, 2014 8:0 | 0 replies

RobinX

OBVIOUSLY, SKAAP! But Speru nails it above.

Aug 11, 2014 8:5 | 0 replies

Rolllingstone!

What about paying teachers good salaries

Aug 11, 2014 8:34 | 1 replies
Aug 11, 2014 11:0 | 0 replies

lindsay

yeah ne st johns i thought that school produced the most ruthless hijackers around those parts as well as kzn

Aug 11, 2014 11:1 | 0 replies

BlackStarLiner

Good Points there Mr. Deputy President; good teachers, better working conditions and good salaries is one way of recruiting and retaining Good Teachers in schools. Your best bet is to try and advance the Education System and its syllabuses so there is progress in societies.

Aug 11, 2014 11:22 | 0 replies

BOKKER

Amazing how a few ill gotten billions can turn a commie chommie into a sage capable of such insight.

Aug 11, 2014 11:58 | 0 replies

ralekoe

Don't tell su about your opinion sir. We need solutions.

Aug 11, 2014 12:34 | 0 replies