in pursuit of SKILLs

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The Limpopo department of education needs 3200 maths and science teachers in an effort to fight the chronic shortage of scarce skills.

Department MEC Aaron Motsoaledi said on Wednesday that the province needs 1600 qualified teachers in maths and 1600 teachers in science in the province's schools.

Motsoaledi said his department aims to turn the erstwhile Kwena Moloto College of Education in Seshego near Polokwane into a school where teachers and post-matric students would be trained in maths and science subjects.

People who have matriculated with such subjects often qualify to pursue careers in engineering, architecture and medicine, Motsoaledi said.

"The first group who have undergone similar training at Mastec college were a group of 50 teachers.

"They finished their training course yesterday and they will be placed in different circuit offices in the province as curriculum advisors.

"The other group of 500 will commence their training in April and then be dispatched to schools in the province for the same reason.

"This would help us to fight the serious shortage of maths and science teachers in our province and even extend beyond into other provinces," said Motsoaledi.

He was speaking minutes before the pronouncement of the province's budget delivered in Lebowakgomo by Limpopo provincial treasury MEC Seth Cachalia.

"We believe we will also receive a fat slice of the budget which will enable us to deliver our promise with precision and distinction," Motsoaledi said.